asking


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ask

 (ăsk)
v. asked, ask·ing, asks
v.tr.
1. To put a question to: When we realized that we didn't know the answer, we asked the teacher.
2. To seek an answer to: ask a question.
3. To seek information about: asked directions.
4.
a. To make a request of: asked me for a loan.
b. To make a request for. Often used with an infinitive or clause: ask a favor of a friend; asked to go along on the trip; asked that he be allowed to stay out late.
5. To require or call for as a price or condition: asked ten dollars for the book.
6. To expect or demand: ask too much of a child.
7. To invite: asked them to dinner.
8. Archaic To publish, as marriage banns.
v.intr.
1. To make inquiry; seek information.
2. To make a request: asked for help.
Phrasal Verb:
ask out
To invite (someone) to a social engagement.
Idiom:
ask for it/trouble Informal
To persist in an action despite the likelihood that it will result in difficulty or punishment.

[Middle English asken, from Old English ācsian, āscian; see ais- in Indo-European roots.]

ask′er n.
Synonyms: ask, question, inquire, query, interrogate, examine, quiz
These verbs mean to seek to gain or elicit information from another: Ask is the most neutral term: We asked the police officer for directions. The coach asked me what was wrong.
Question implies careful or methodical asking: The prosecutor questioned the witness on several key points.
Inquire often suggests a polite or formal request: We inquired whether the hotel had laundry service. The chairman inquired how best to secure the information.
Query usually suggests settling a doubt: The proofreader queried the author on the spelling of a name.
Interrogate applies especially to official and often aggressive questioning: The detectives interrogated the suspects for several hours.
Examine refers particularly to close and detailed questioning to ascertain a person's knowledge or qualifications: The committee examined each candidate separately.
Quiz denotes the informal examination of students: The teacher quizzed the pupils on the multiplication table.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.asking - the verbal act of requestingasking - the verbal act of requesting  
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
notice, notification - a request for payment; "the notification stated the grace period and the penalties for defaulting"
indirect request, wish - an expression of some desire or inclination; "I could tell that it was his wish that the guests leave"; "his crying was an indirect request for attention"
invitation - a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present or take part in something; "an invitation to lunch"; "she threw the invitation away"
appeal, entreaty, prayer - earnest or urgent request; "an entreaty to stop the fighting"; "an appeal for help"; "an appeal to the public to keep calm"
orison, petition, prayer - reverent petition to a deity
call - a request; "many calls for Christmas stories"; "not many calls for buggywhips"
billing, charge - request for payment of a debt; "they submitted their charges at the end of each month"
trick or treat - a request by children on Halloween; they pass from door to door asking for goodies and threatening to play tricks on those who refuse
inquiring, questioning - a request for information
order - a request for something to be made, supplied, or served; "I gave the waiter my order"; "the company's products were in such demand that they got more orders than their call center could handle"
callback, recall - a request by the manufacturer of a defective product to return the product (as for replacement or repair)
Translations

asking

n no pl to be had for the askingumsonst or leicht or mühelos zu haben sein; he could have had it for the askinger hätte es leicht bekommen können; she thought the world was hers for the askingsie dachte, die Welt stehe ihr offen

asking

n. súplica, petición, demanda.
References in classic literature ?
What's the use of asking that, when you know we shall wear our poplins, because we haven't got anything else?
I had some thoughts of asking you to take an airship along, but it might frighten the Indians, and I shall have to depend on them for guides, as well as for porters.
Her feet seemed to drag as she moved about the house, and I got up from the table where I was studying and went to her, asking if she didn't feel well, and if I couldn't help her with her work.
A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house, and reach the height of romantic felicity--but that would be asking too much of fate!
And how like a country cousin, to come down upon a poor body in this way, without so much as a day's notice, or asking whether she would be welcome
B here asking about your vote, and he wants to hire your cab for the election; he will call for an answer.
Jurgis had never expected to get married-- he had laughed at it as a foolish trap for a man to walk into; but here, without ever having spoken a word to her, with no more than the exchange of half a dozen smiles, he found himself, purple in the face with embarrassment and terror, asking her parents to sell her to him for his wife--and offering his father's two horses he had been sent to the fair to sell.
At first, the novelty and alarm kept him waking; but his mother so hurriedly repressed every breath or sound, and so assured him that if he were only still she would certainly save him, that he clung quietly round her neck, only asking, as he found himself sinking to sleep,
It was a Sunday afternoon, and beautiful weather, and my uncle, the priest, took me as a reward for being a good boy and because of my own accord and without anybody asking me I had bankrupted my savings-box and given the money to a mission that was civilizing the Chinese and sweetening their lives and softening their hearts with the gentle teachings of our religion, and I wish you could have seen what we saw that day, Thorndike.
You are getting angry, but you are trying not to show it; you resolve to keep on asking your question till she changes her answer, or at least her annoyingly indifferent manner.
He said if I warn't so ignorant, but had read a book called Don Quixote, I would know without asking.
I hope I am doing nothing wrong in asking it again?