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Meaning of "ask" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD ASK

Old English āscian; related to Old Frisian āskia, Old Saxon ēscon, Old High German eiscōn.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF ASK

ask  [ɑːsk] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF ASK

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Ask is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb ask in English.

WHAT DOES ASK MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Ask

Ask may refer to: ▪ The active verb for a direct question,. In places: ▪ Ask, Iran in Mazandaran Province, Iran ▪ Ask, Akershus in Gjerdrum municipality, Akershus, Norway ▪ Ask, Hordaland in Askøy municipality, Hordaland, Norway ▪ Ask, Buskerud in Ringerike municipality, Buskerud, Norway In music: ▪ "Ask", a song by The Smiths ▪ "Ask", a song by Avail from Over the James ▪ Ask , a Swedish children's song puclished in Barnens svenska sångbok Other uses: ▪ Ask.fm, a social Q&A website ▪ Ask.com, a web search engine, formerly Ask Jeeves ▪ Ask price in finance markets ▪ Amplitude-shift keying in telecommunication and computing ▪ Ask and Embla, in Norse Mythology ▪ Ishq or Aşk, love ▪ Ask, a British casual dining chain...

Definition of ask in the English dictionary

The first definition of ask in the dictionary is to put a question ; request an answer. Other definition of ask is to inquire about. Ask is also to direct or put.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO ASK

PRESENT

Present
I ask
you ask
he/she/it asks
we ask
you ask
they ask
Present continuous
I am asking
you are asking
he/she/it is asking
we are asking
you are asking
they are asking
Present perfect
I have asked
you have asked
he/she/it has asked
we have asked
you have asked
they have asked
Present perfect continuous
I have been asking
you have been asking
he/she/it has been asking
we have been asking
you have been asking
they have been asking
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I asked
you asked
he/she/it asked
we asked
you asked
they asked
Past continuous
I was asking
you were asking
he/she/it was asking
we were asking
you were asking
they were asking
Past perfect
I had asked
you had asked
he/she/it had asked
we had asked
you had asked
they had asked
Past perfect continuous
I had been asking
you had been asking
he/she/it had been asking
we had been asking
you had been asking
they had been asking
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will ask
you will ask
he/she/it will ask
we will ask
you will ask
they will ask
Future continuous
I will be asking
you will be asking
he/she/it will be asking
we will be asking
you will be asking
they will be asking
Future perfect
I will have asked
you will have asked
he/she/it will have asked
we will have asked
you will have asked
they will have asked
Future perfect continuous
I will have been asking
you will have been asking
he/she/it will have been asking
we will have been asking
you will have been asking
they will have been asking
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would ask
you would ask
he/she/it would ask
we would ask
you would ask
they would ask
Conditional continuous
I would be asking
you would be asking
he/she/it would be asking
we would be asking
you would be asking
they would be asking
Conditional perfect
I would have ask
you would have ask
he/she/it would have ask
we would have ask
you would have ask
they would have ask
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been asking
you would have been asking
he/she/it would have been asking
we would have been asking
you would have been asking
they would have been asking
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you ask
we let´s ask
you ask
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to ask
Past participle
asked
Present Participle
asking
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH ASK


abask
əˈbɑːsk
antimask
ˈæntɪˌmɑːsk
antimasque
ˈæntɪˌmɑːsk
bask
bɑːsk
brusque
bruːsk
cask
kɑːsk
flask
flɑːsk
lasque
lɑːsk
mask
mɑːsk
masque
mɑːsk
multitask
ˈmʌltɪˌtɑːsk
out-task
ˈaʊtˌtɑːsk
outask
ˌaʊtˈɑːsk
overtask
ˌəʊvəˈtɑːsk
Pasch
pɑːsk
photomask
ˈfəʊtəʊˌmɑːsk
subtask
ˈsʌbˌtɑːsk
task
tɑːsk
torsk
tɔːsk
unmask
ʌnˈmɑːsk

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE ASK

asinico
asinine
asininely
asininity
ASIO
Asir
ask after
ask for
askance
askant
askari
asker
askesis
askew
askewness
Askey
asking price
Askja
askos

WORDS THAT END LIKE ASK

a big ask
asterisk
at risk
desk
disk
Donetsk
dusk
fisk
front desk
hard disk
help desk
high-risk
husk
kiosk
Minsk
Nynorsk
risk
sk
tsk
tusk

Synonyms and antonyms of ask in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «ASK»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «ask» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of ask

Translation of «ask» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF ASK

Find out the translation of ask to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of ask from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «ask» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

询问
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

preguntar
570 millions of speakers

English

ask
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

पूछना
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يَسْأَلُ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

спрашивать
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

perguntar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

জিজ্ঞাসা করা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

demander
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tanya
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

fragen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

尋ねる
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

묻다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Takon
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

hỏi
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கேட்க
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

विचारा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

sormak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

chiedere
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zapytać
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

запитувати
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a întreba
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ρωτώ
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vra
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

fråga
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

spørre
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of ask

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «ASK»

The term «ask» is very widely used and occupies the 1.082 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Principal search tendencies and common uses of ask
List of principal searches undertaken by users to access our English online dictionary and most widely used expressions with the word «ask».

FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «ASK» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «ask» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «ask» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about ask

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10 QUOTES WITH «ASK»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word ask.
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Scott Adams
If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?
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Colin Angle
If you ask the typical two- or three-year-old or a teenager what a robot is, they will think about a humanoid that does my homework for me or walks the dog. When I go and talk to kids and pull out the Roomba, it's not this big 'Wow!' moment.
3
Bipasha Basu
I'm active even on bad days; it's tough to pin me down. People ask me if I'm a morning or night person. I'm an all-the-time person. I like drinking coffee, but I do it with lots of milk because my energy levels are high even without caffeine. You could call me Obelix, except I don't have a belly.
4
Ann Beattie
I like a lot of Margaret Atwood, I like much of Alice Munro. Again, if you were to ask me about male writers, there's often a novel I admire, but not all of their works.
5
Tom Brokaw
You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.
6
Edgar Bronfman, Sr.
The beauty of Judaism is that it demands we ask questions, especially of ourselves.
7
Ed Case
I support allowing homosexuals to serve openly in our military and eliminating the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.
8
Erwin Chargaff
Science is wonderfully equipped to answer the question 'How?' but it gets terribly confused when you ask the question 'Why?'
9
Dick Cheney
In terms of asking questions, I plead guilty. I ask a hell of a lot of questions. That's my job.
10
John Henrik Clarke
Powerful people cannot afford to educate the people that they oppress, because once you are truly educated, you will not ask for power. You will take it.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «ASK»

Discover the use of ask in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to ask and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Ask: A Novel
Probing many themes— or, perhaps, anxieties—including work, war, sex, class, child rearing, romantic comedies, Benjamin Franklin, cooking shows on death row, and the eroticization of chicken wire, The Ask is a burst of genius by a young ...
Sam Lipsyte, 2010
2
Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide
Drawing on research in psychology, sociology, economics, and organizational behavior as well as dozens of interviews with men and women from all walks of life, Women Don't Ask is the first book to identify the dramatic difference between ...
Linda Babcock, Sara Laschever, 2009
3
Ask for it: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to ...
The authors of Women's Don't Ask present an innovative approach to negotiation that explains how women can identify important goals, takes them step by step through the entire planning and preparation process, and offers strategic advice on ...
Linda Babcock, Sara Laschever, 2009
4
Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires
This book, which presents the teachings of the nonphysical entity Abraham, will help you learn how to manifest your desires so that you're living the joyous and fulfilling life you deserve.
Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks, 2009
5
Ask a Mexican
m. stamps that caused such a ruckus in 2005),Cirilo (after the little black boy in the TV show Carrusel, the Mexican equivalent of the animated series Recess), Cucurumbé(after the title character in a famous song by the Mexican Raffi,Cri-Cri)  ...
Gustavo Arellano, 2008
6
Ask Me No Questions
"You forget.
Marina Budhos, 2008
7
Go Ask Alice
Tough and uncompromising, honest and disturbing -- and even more poignant today -- Go Ask Alice is page-turning and provocative reading.
Anonymous, 1999
8
Women Don't Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation-- and ...
Practitioners can act on the advice in the book, and researchers will be asking new questions for decades. This book will fundamentally change how wethink."--Max H. Bazerman, Harvard Business School "Eye-opening and riveting.
Linda Babcock, Sara Laschever, 2007
9
101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Engaged
Relationship expert and noted couples counselor Norm Wright will steer you through a series of soul-searching questions -- even difficult ones that need to be addressed -- to help you discern if you've met "the one.
H. Norman Wright, 2004
10
Ask Your Angels
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Alma Daniel, Timothy Wyllie, Andrew Ramer, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «ASK»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term ask is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Questions you should ask at hotel check-in
“Unless we've organized all components of our client's trip," Hughs Wood says, "we suggest they ask the hotel about any affiliations they may ... «Fox News, Jul 15»
2
Well | Ask Well: Guidelines for When Food Goes Bad
Most of the time I have to hunt around the product to even find the expiration date and sometimes it is not legible. If these dates are so important ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
3
Ex-Oriental MIndoro governor to ask Ombudsman to reconsider …
Former Oriental Mindoro Rep. Rodolfo Valencia, through legal counsel, said he will ask the Office of the Ombudsman to reconsider its filing of ... «GMA News, Jul 15»
4
Eleven of the funniest things to ask Siri
Do you want to know the meaning of life? Do you long to find when the world is going to finally meet its impending doom? Or maybe you just ... «North Devon Journal, Jul 15»
5
Ask Amy: Mom of three wants to put a ring on it
Dear Amy: My boyfriend (going on four years) and I have three children together. He's the only man I've ever been with. Our relationship is ... «Tulsa World, Jul 15»
6
Ask Phoebe: Cat statue - two tales
But Mark Bowater, manager of local and sports parks for Auckland Council, helped me out when Ask Phoebe ran a piece on this in 2011. «New Zealand Herald, Jul 15»
7
7 questions to ask yourself before deciding to retire
Few Americans save abundantly for retirement. Whether due to financial issues or a lack of foresight, a lot of people either don't give much ... «CBS News, Jul 15»
8
Ask Jo Malone: A personal touch is vital to get media interest — but …
I really enjoy your Ask Jo column: thanks for the excellent advice you give us every week! I am a London-based artist and I design “geeky” ... «Evening Standard, Jul 15»
9
Catching up on crime: Ask about the latest criminal investigations …
Feel free to ask any questions related to crime or courts in the Jackson area. As some questions may be easier to answer than others, please ... «MLive.com, Jul 15»
10
Ten questions to ask before you buy a house
If your income does not support the increased EMI, the lender might ask you to make a part payment to reduce the EMI to fit your budget. «Economic Times, Jul 15»

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