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Ask appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • "I go?" yaks ask a yogi.
  • Knight, I ask nary rank, saith gink.
  • How? O, he boinks. Ask Niobe how. Oh.
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The word ASK can be typed using only the middle row of keys on a QWERTY keyboard.

Ask is sometimes a misspelling of asked, ax or asks.

The word ask is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun ask

What does ask mean as a name of something?

noun

  1. An act or instance of asking.
  2. Something asked or asked for; a request.
  3. [context: UK dialectal, and, Scotland] An eft; newt.

Definition of the verb ask

What does ask mean as a doing word?

Ask is one of the top 50 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: asked | asking | asks

  1. make a request or demand for something to somebody
    • examples: She asked him for a loan | They ask him to write the letter
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, subject control with infinitive]I begged to comeVerbs of Begging: beg, importune, request, supplicate
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, not for-complement clause]I begged for her to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Proposition, object control with infinitive]I begged her to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Proposition, that-complement clause]I begged him that he come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] for [Proposition, not sentential clause]I begged her for release
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] for [Proposition, not sentential clause]I begged for release
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]I askedVerbs of Communication: consult, enquire, inquire, pry
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]I asked him
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, how-extraction]He asked him how he came
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, wh-complement clause]I asked him whether he was going
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, what-extraction]I asked him what he was doing
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked him what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, whether-infinitive clause]I asked him whether to clean the house
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] about [Topic, what-extraction]He asked him about what he wanted
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] about [Topic, not sentential clause]I asked him about it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]I asked how she did it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-complement clause]He asked whether he should come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]I asked how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-extraction]He asked what he should do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, whether-infinitive clause]He asked whether to clean the house
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, not sentential clause]I asked a question
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic, wh-complement clause]He asked about whether he wanted to go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked about what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic, whether-infinitive clause]He asked about whether to go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic, not sentential clause]I asked about it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] of [Recipient] [Topic, how-extraction]He asked of her how it works
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] of [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]He asked of her how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] of [Recipient] about [Topic, wh-complement clause]He asked of her about whether he should kill the peasants
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] of [Recipient] about [Topic, what-extraction]He asked of her about what he should do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] of [Recipient] about [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked of her about what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] of [Recipient] about [Topic, whether-infinitive clause]I asked of him about whether to go
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic terms: ask for / bespeak / call for / quest / request = express the need or desire for
    • more specific terms:
      • request / hit up = ask (a person) to do something
      • solicit = make a solicitation or petition for something desired
  2. direct or put; seek an answer to
    • example: ask a question
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, subject control with infinitive]I begged to comeVerbs of Begging: beg, importune, request, supplicate
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, not for-complement clause]I begged for her to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Proposition, object control with infinitive]I begged her to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Proposition, that-complement clause]I begged him that he come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] for [Proposition, not sentential clause]I begged her for release
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] for [Proposition, not sentential clause]I begged for release
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient]I persuaded himVerbs of Urging: admonish, advise, badger, beg, convince, entreat, exhort, extort, implore, lobby, motivate, persuade, sway, urge
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] [Proposition, object control with infinitive]I persuaded him to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] [Proposition, that-complement clause]I persuaded him that he should come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] into [Proposition, not sentential clause]I persuaded him into action
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic terms: articulate / formulate / give voice / phrase / word = put into words or an expression
  3. consider obligatory; request and expect
    • examples: Aren't we asking too much of these children? | They ask him to write the letter
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]I asked
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]I asked him
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, how-extraction]He asked him how he came
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, wh-complement clause]I asked him whether he was going
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, what-extraction]I asked him what he was doing
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked him what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, whether-infinitive clause]I asked him whether to clean the house
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] about [Topic, what-extraction]He asked him about what he wanted
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] about [Topic, not sentential clause]I asked him about it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]I asked how she did it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-complement clause]He asked whether he should come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]I asked how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-extraction]He asked what he should do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, whether-infinitive clause]He asked whether to clean the house
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, not sentential clause]I asked a question
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic, wh-complement clause]He asked about whether he wanted to go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked about what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic, whether-infinitive clause]He asked about whether to go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic, not sentential clause]I asked about it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] of [Recipient] [Topic, how-extraction]He asked of her how it works
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] of [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]He asked of her how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] of [Recipient] about [Topic, wh-complement clause]He asked of her about whether he should kill the peasants
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] of [Recipient] about [Topic, what-extraction]He asked of her about what he should do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] of [Recipient] about [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked of her about what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] of [Recipient] about [Topic, whether-infinitive clause]I asked of him about whether to go

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): consult, enquire, inquire, pry.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of ask: expect / require
    • more generic word: demand = request urgently and forcefully
    • more specific word: call = require the presentation of for redemption before maturation
  4. address a question to and expect an answer from
    • examples: Ask your teacher about trigonometry | The children asked me about their dead grandmother | He had to ask directions several times | They ask them the information
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient]He ordered John
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] [Proposition, object control with infinitive]He ordered John to eat his sloth
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, that-complement clause]He ordered that she should come immediately
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, that-complement clause, not tensed]John ordered that she come immediately

      Order Verbs (with the same syntax): command, demand, order, require.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of ask: enquire / inquire
    • more generic words: communicate / intercommunicate = transmit thoughts or feelings
    • more specific terms:
  5. require as useful, just, or proper
  6. make a date
  7. require or ask for as a price or condition
    • examples: He is asking $200 for the table | The kidnappers are asking a million dollars in return for the release of their hostage
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: demand = request urgently and forcefully

Alternative definition of the verb ask

verb

  1. look for an answer to a question by speaking.
  2. approach someone to do something.

Films

  1. "Ask" a.k.a. "Amour" is a 2012 French-language drama film written and directed by the Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert. The narrative focuses on an elderly couple, Anne and Georges, who are retired music teachers with a daughter who lives abroad. Anne suffers a stroke which paralyses her on the right side of her body. The film is a co-production between the French, German, and Austrian companies Les Films du Losange, X-Filme Creative Pool, and Wega Film.
  2. "ASK" a.k.a. "Aaru Sundarimaarude Katha", abbreviated as ASK, is a 2013 Malayalam thriller film directed by Rajesh K. Abraham. Umang Jain, Nadhiya, Zarina Wahab, Lena, Shamna Kasim and Lakshmi Rai are in the lead. The screenplay is by Rajesh K. Abraham and Senni Varghese while Sameer Haq handles the camera. Music by Deepak Dev and choreography by Imithiyas Aboobacker.

Music

  1. "Ask" is a song by The Smiths. It was released as a single in October 1986, reaching No. 14 in the UK Singles Chart. As with most of The Smiths' singles, it was not included on an original album. It can be found on the compilations The World Won't Listen and Louder Than Bombs as well as the live album Rank, where it is introduced as the band's new single. The UK cover shows Yootha Joyce who starred in the UK television series George & Mildred. The song features Kirsty MacColl on backing vocals. In 1995, the single was reissued, reaching No. 62 in the UK Singles Chart.
  2. "Ask" is the 1986 single by The Smiths.
    • released on (29 years ago)
  3. "Ask" is a 2011 single by Ani Lorak.
    • released in (4 years ago)
  4. "Ask" a.k.a. "Aşk" is a musical album of Aka Gündüz Kutbay.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  5. "Ask" is a musical album of Slackbaba.
    • released on
  6. "Ask" a.k.a. "Aşk" is a 2011 album by Demet Akalın.
    • released on
  7. "Ask" is a musical EP of Node.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  8. "Ask" is a musical album of Roberto Gatto & John Scofield.
    • released in (28 years ago)
  9. "Ask" a.k.a. "ASK:" is a musical album of ASK:.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  10. "Ask" a.k.a. "Aşk" is a musical album of Zafer Yurtseven.
    • released in (9 years ago)
  11. "Ask" a.k.a. "Aşk" is a musical album of Alpay.
    • released in (37 years ago)
  12. "Ask" a.k.a. "Aşk" is a musical EP of Banu Zorlu.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  13. "Ask" a.k.a. "Aşk" is a musical album of Nalan.
  14. "Ask" is a musical album of Paa Kow.
  15. "Ask" is a composition.
  16. "Ask" a.k.a. "Aşk" is a composition.
  17. "Ask" a.k.a. "Aşk" is a composition.
  18. "Ask" is a musical single of Kelly Chen.

Person

Who is Ask?

Ask is a musical artist.

  • also known as II13, Ask Ty Ulvhedin Bergli Arctander
  • born in (36 years ago)
  • profession: Musician
  • member of musical group Kampfar (Drums) since

Group

Ask a.k.a. ASK: is an Estonian improvisational music group.

Business

Ask, also known as ASK ITALIAN is a British casual dining restaurant chain that serves Italian cuisine in 120 locations in the UK.

Places

  1. Ask is a small village in the eastern part of Askøy municipality in Hordaland county, Norway. The village lies along the Byfjorden on the eastern shore of the island of Askøy. The village of Ask is well known for the farming of strawberries which are sold in the marketplace in the nearby city of Bergen during the summer season.
    • also known as Ask, Hordaland
    • part of Norway
  2. Ask is the administrative centre of Gjerdrum municipality, Norway. Its population is 1,038.
    • also known as Ask, Akershus
    • part of Norway
  3. Ask a.k.a. Yamoussoukro Airport is a regional airport serving Yamoussoukro in Côte d'Ivoire.

Miscellanea

  1. Ask a.k.a. Ashkun Language: Âṣkuňu is a language of Afghanistan spoken by the Âṣkuňu, Saňu, and Grâmsaňâ people in the region of the central Pech Valley around Wâmâ and in some eastern tributary valleys of the upper Alingar River in Afghanistan's Nuristan province. The most used alternative name for all three tribes is Ashkun, which was first noted by George Scott Robertson in 1896.
    • also known as Ashkuni, Wamais, Ashkund, Wamayi, Askunu language
  2. ask is a gene.

Phrases with Ask

Phrases starting with the word Ask:

  1. ask in
  2. ask for
  3. ask out
  4. ask over
  5. Ask After
  6. ask round
  7. Ask Around
  8. ask for it
  9. Ask My Arse
  10. ask for trouble
  11. Ask for the Moon
  12. Ask the Question
  13. Ask Me One on Sport

Other phrases containing the word Ask:

  1. to ask out
  2. Don't ask, don't tell
  3. Shoot First and Ask Questions Later
  4. It's Better to Ask Forgiveness Than Permission
  5. don't ask, don't tell, don't harass, don't pursue

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ask

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Google previewBidding Strategies in Agent-Based Continuous Double Auctions (2008)

by Ma Huiye

An ask is the price submitted by a seller to sell a unit of goods. Similarly, a bid is the amount submitted by a buyer to buy a unit of...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Small Business Forms and Agreements (2011)

A Complete Kit of Ready-to-use Business Checklists, Worksheets, Forms, Contracts, and Human Resource Documents with Companion CD-ROM by Martha Maeda

Ask. Prospective. Employees. Anti-discrimination laws prohibit employers from asking questions about a person's religion, politics, or sexual preference during a job interview. Your questions should track the qualifications for the job, not ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

ASK), in ornithology, a name given by Al- drovandus and others, to the otus, or lesser horn owl. ASISIA, or Assisia, a ...

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Usage statistics about ask

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb ask:

spoken English55.5%written English44.5% conversational speech41.81%task-oriented speech58.19% imaginative writing77.21%informational writing22.79%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb ask:

postulateinquirenecessitateenquiredemandinvolverequireexpectaskneedtake

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Quotes about Ask

I don't ask for money. I don't ask for sexual favors. I don't ask for access to the hardware you design and sell. I just ask for the thing I gave you: source code that I can use myself. (Linus Torvalds)
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Scrabble value of A1S1K5

The value of this 3-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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