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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Ask
  1. 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.]
  2. 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.]
  3. 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.]
  4. To invite; as, to ask one to an entertainment.
  5. 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

verb Ask
  1. To request or petition; -- usually followed by for; as, to ask for bread." Ask, and it shall be given you." [Matt. vii. 7.]
  2. To make inquiry, or seek by request; -- sometimes followed by after."Wherefore . . . dost ask after my name?" [Gen. xxxii. 29.]
noun Ask
A water newt.

Etymology: See 2d Asker

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Make a request or demand for something to somebody ("She asked him for a loan")
  2. Consider obligatory; request and expect ("Aren't we asking too much of these children?")
  3. Direct or put; seek an answer to ("ask a question")
  4. Address a question to and expect an answer from ("Ask your teacher about trigonometry", "The children asked me about their dead grandmother", and "He had to ask directions several times")
  5. Require or ask for as a price or condition ("He is asking $200 for the table" and "The kidnappers are asking a million dollars in return for the release of their hostage")
  6. Make a date ("Has he asked you out yet?")
  7. Require as useful, just, or proper ("This job asks a lot of patience and skill")

From Middle English asken, from Old English āxian, āscian (“to ask, inquire, seek for, demand, call, summon, examine, observe”), from Proto-Germanic *aiskōną (“to ask, ask for”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eys-. Cognate with Scots ask (“to question, ask, demand, require”), Saterland Frisian aaskje (“to demand, dictate, mandate, exact”), West Frisian easkje (“to require, postulate, demand”), Dutch eisen (“to demand, require”), German heischen (“to demand”), Danish æske (“to provoke”), Swedish äska (“to demand”), Russian иска́ть (iskátʹ, “to seek, look for”).

  1. An act or instance of asking.
  2. Something asked or asked for; a request.
  3. An asking price.

From Middle English aske, arske, from Old English āþexe (“lizard, newt”), from Proto-Germanic *agiþahsijǭ (“lizard”), from Proto-Germanic *agiz (“snake, lizard”) (from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ógʷʰis (“snake, lizard”)) + Proto-Germanic *þahsuz (“badger”) (from Proto-Indo-European *teḱs- (“to hew, trim”)). Cognate with Scots ask, awsk, esk (“an eft or newt”), Dutch hagedis (“lizard”), German Echse, Eidechse (“lizard”).

  1. (Britain dialectal and Scotland) An eft; newt.
  2. (Britain dialectal) A lizard.

    ask was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Faroese, Icelandic, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Old Saxon, and Swedish

    Notable Persons Named Ask

    Ask was born on August 3rd, 1973.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Ask

    Beatrice Ask is a politician. Beatrice was given the name Eva Carin Beatrice Ask on April 20th, 1956 in Sveg. Beatrice is also known as Ask and Eva Carin Beatrice (full name).


    Morten Ask is a hockey player for the Vålerenga Ishockey in the GET-ligaen. He has had major accomplishments since 2001. Morten was born on May 14th, 1980 in Oslo.


    Olof was born on March 18th, 1982.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Ask U.S.
      White 95.56% 64.26%
      African American 0.85% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.05% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Ask are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Ask

    • How Popular is the name Ask? As a last name Ask was the 37,955th most popular name in 2010.
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    • How many people have the last name Ask? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 585 people with the last name Ask.
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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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