Ask Definition

Define what is Ask?

1. ask, enquire, inquire (verb)

inquire about.

  • I asked about their special today.
  • He had to ask directions several times.
Synonyms: enquire, inquire

communicate, intercommunicate verb
transmit thoughts or feelings.


pry verb
be nosey.

confer with, consult verb
get or ask advice from.

2. ask (verb)

make a request or demand for something to somebody.

  • She asked him for a loan.

call for, request, bespeak, quest verb
express the need or desire for; ask for.


request verb
ask (a person) to do something.

solicit verb
make a solicitation or petition for something desired.

3. ask (verb)

direct or put; seek an answer to.

  • ask a question.

give voice, phrase, Word, articulate, formulate verb
put into words or an expression.

4. expect, require, ask (verb)

consider obligatory; request and expect.

  • We require our secretary to be on time.
  • Aren't we asking too much of these children?.
  • I expect my students to arrive in time for their lessons.
Synonyms: expect, require

demand verb
request urgently and forcefully.


Call verb
require the presentation of for redemption before maturation.

5. ask (verb)

address a question to and expect an answer from.

  • Ask your teacher about trigonometry.
  • The children asked me about their dead grandmother.

address, turn to verb
speak to.


query, question verb
pose a question.

interrogate, question verb
pose a series of questions to.

6. necessitate, need, require, call for, demand, postulate, involve, ask, take (verb)

require as useful, just, or proper.

  • It takes nerve to do what she did.
  • success usually requires hard work.
  • This job asks a lot of patience and skill.
  • This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice.
  • This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert.
  • This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent.
Antonyms: obviate, rid of, eliminate (verb)

do away with.


exact, claim, take verb
take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs.

govern verb
require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood.

draw verb
require a specified depth for floating.

cost verb
require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice.

cry for, cry out for verb
need badly or desperately.

compel verb
necessitate or exact.

7. ask (verb)

require or ask for as a price or condition.

  • He is asking $200 for the table.
  • The kidnappers are asking a million dollars in return for the release of their hostage.

demand verb
request urgently and forcefully.

Nearby Terms

ask for (verb)
increase the likelihood of

ask for it (verb)
persist with actions or an attitude despite the probability that it will cause trouble

ask for trouble (verb)
persist with actions or an attitude despite the probability that it will cause trouble

ask in (verb)
ask to enter

Ask Jeeves (noun)
a widely used search engine accepting plain English questions or phrases or terms

ask out (verb)
make a date

ask over (verb)
invite someone to one's house

ask round (verb)
invite someone to one's house

askance (adverb)
with suspicion or disapproval

askant (adjective satellite)
(used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy

asker (noun)
someone who asks a question

askew (adverb)
turned or twisted to one side

asking (noun)
the verbal act of requesting

asking price (noun)
the price at which something is offered for sale

Asklepios (noun)
son of Apollo; a hero and the Roman god of medicine and healing; his daughters were Hygeia and Panacea