- To request; to seek to obtain by words; to petition; to solicit; -- often with of, in the sense of from, before the person addressed." Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God." [Judg. xviii. 5.]"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." [John xv. 7.]
- To require, demand, claim, or expect, whether by way of remuneration or return, or as a matter of necessity; as, what price do you ask?" Ask me never so much dowry." [Gen. xxxiv. 12.]"To whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more." [Luke xii. 48.]"An exigence of state asks a much longer time to conduct a design to maturity." [Addison.]
- To interrogate or inquire of or concerning; to put a question to or about; to question."He is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself." [John ix. 21.]"He asked the way to Chester." [Shak.]
- To invite; as, to ask one to an entertainment.
- To publish in church for marriage; -- said of both the banns and the persons.synonyms: To beg; request; seek; petition; solicit; entreat; beseech; implore; crave; require; demand; claim; exhibit; inquire; interrogate. See Beg.
Etymology: OE. asken ashen axien, AS. āscian ācsian; akin to OS. ēscōn, OHG. eiscōn, Sw. āska, Dan. æske, D. eischen, G. heischen, Lith. jëskóti, OSlav. iskati to seek, Skr. ish to desire. √5