HyperDic: ask

English > 7 senses of the word ask:
VERBcommunicationaskmake a request or demand for something to somebody
communicationaskdirect or put
communicationask, require, expectconsider obligatory
communicationask, inquire, enquireaddress a question to and expect an answer from
stativeask, necessitate, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demandrequire as useful, just, or proper
socialask, ask out, invite out, take outmake a date
communicationaskrequire or ask for as a price or condition
ask > pronunciation
Soundsae'sk
Rhymesbask ... unmask: 10 rhymes with aesk...
English > ask: 7 senses > verb 1, communication
Meaningmake a request or demand for something to somebody.
PatternSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE
ModelThey ask him to write the letter
Example"She asked him for a loan"
Narrowerrequestask (a person) to do something
solicitmake a solicitation or petition for something desired
Broaderrequest, ask for, bespeak, call for, questExpress the need or desire for
See alsoask inask to enter
ask outmake a date
ask over, ask roundinvite someone to one's house
Spanishpedir, requerir, solicitar
Catalandemanar
English > ask: 7 senses > verb 2, communication
Meaningdirect or put; seek an answer to.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"ask a question"
Broadergive voice, formulate, word, phrase, articulateput into words or an expression
Similar toask, inquire, enquireaddress a question to and expect an answer from
Spanishconsultar, preguntar
Catalandemanar, plantejar una pregunta, preguntar
Nounsaskersomeone who asks a question
English > ask: 7 senses > verb 3, communication
MeaningConsider obligatory; request and expect.
PatternSomebody ----s something from somebody; Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
ModelThey ask him to write the letter
Example "Aren't we asking too much of these children?"
Synonymsrequire, expect
Narrowercallrequire the presentation of for redemption before maturation
Broaderdemandrequest urgently and forcefully
Spanishanticipar, esperar, pedir, requerir
Catalananticipar, demanar, esperar, requerir
English > ask: 7 senses > verb 4, communication
Meaningaddress a question to and expect an answer from.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s somebody; Somebody ----s somebody something; Somebody ----s somebody PP; Somebody ----s PP; Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE
ModelThey ask them the information
Examples
  • "Ask your teacher about trigonometry"
  • "The children asked me about their dead grandmother"
Synonymsinquire, enquire
Narrowerconsult, confer withGet or ask advice from
interrogate, questionpose a series of questions to
pryBe nosey
question, querypose a question
Broadercommunicate, intercommunicatetransmit thoughts or feelings
Similar toaskdirect or put
Spanishconsultar, informarse, inquirir, interrogar, investigar, pedir, preguntar, solicitar
Catalanpreguntar, sol·licitar
Nounsaskersomeone who asks a question
English > ask: 7 senses > verb 5, stative
Meaningrequire as useful, just, or proper.
PatternSomething ----s something
Example "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"
Synonymsnecessitate, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demand
Narrowerclaim, take, exactTake as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
compelNecessitate or exact
costrequire to lose, suffer, or sacrifice
cry out for, cry forNeed badly or desperately
drawrequire a specified depth for floating
governrequire to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
Oppositeobviate, rid of, eliminateDo away with
Similar toclaim, take, exactTake as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
Spanishdemandar, exigir, implicar, involucrar, necesitar, pedir, precisar, preguntar, reclamar, requerir, solicitar
Catalanexigir, implicar, involucrar, necessitar, precisar, preguntar, reclamar, requerir
English > ask: 7 senses > verb 6, social
Meaningmake a date.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
Example"Has he asked you out yet?"
Synonymsask out, invite out, take out
Broaderrequest, ask for, bespeak, call for, questExpress the need or desire for
Spanishcitar, invitar a salir, invitar, sacar a pasear
English > ask: 7 senses > verb 7, communication
Meaningrequire or ask for as a price or condition.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Examples
  • "He is asking $200 for the table"
  • "The kidnappers are asking a million dollars in return for the release of their hostage"
Broaderdemandrequest urgently and forcefully
Spanishpedir

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