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Definition 1: make a request or demand for something to somebody - [verb of communication]

Samples where ask or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She asked him for a loan

(ask is a kind of ...) express the need or desire for

"She requested an extra bed in her room" "She called for room service" "when you call, always ask for Mary"

(... is a kind of ask ) ask (a person) to do something

"She asked him to be here at noon" "I requested that she type the entire manuscript"

(... is a kind of ask ) make a solicitation or petition for something desired

"She is too shy to solicit"

Definition 2: direct or put; seek an answer to - [verb of communication]

Samples where ask or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • ask a question

(ask is a kind of ...) put into words or an expression

"He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"

(ask has a similar meaning as ...) address a question to and expect an answer from

"Ask your teacher about trigonometry" "The children asked me about their dead grandmother" "I inquired about their special today" "He had to ask directions several times"

Definition 3: address a question to and expect an answer from - [verb of communication]

Samples where ask or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Ask your teacher about trigonometry
  • The children asked me about their dead grandmother
  • I inquired about their special today
  • He had to ask directions several times

Synonyms for ask in the sense of this definition

(ask is a kind of ...) transmit thoughts or feelings

"He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"

(... is a kind of ask ) be nosey

"Don't pry into my personal matters!"

(... is a kind of ask ) pose a question

(... is a kind of ask ) pose a series of questions to

"The suspect was questioned by the police" "We questioned the survivor about the details of the explosion"

(... is a kind of ask ) get or ask advice from

"Consult your local broker" "They had to consult before arriving at a decision"

(ask has a similar meaning as ...) direct or put; seek an answer to

"ask a question"

Definition 4: consider obligatory; request and expect - [verb of communication]

Samples where ask or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for ask in the sense of this definition

(ask is a kind of ...) request urgently and forcefully

"The victim's family is demanding compensation" "The boss demanded that he be fired immediately" "She demanded to see the manager"

(... is a kind of ask ) require the presentation of for redemption before maturation

"Call a bond"

Definition 5: require or ask for as a price or condition - [verb of communication]

Samples where ask or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(ask is a kind of ...) request urgently and forcefully

"The victim's family is demanding compensation" "The boss demanded that he be fired immediately" "She demanded to see the manager"

Samples where ask or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Has he asked you out yet?
  • He asekd me to a dance

Synonyms for ask in the sense of this definition

(ask is a kind of ...) express the need or desire for

"She requested an extra bed in her room" "She called for room service" "when you call, always ask for Mary"

Definition 7: require as useful, just, or proper - [verb of stative]

Samples where ask or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for ask in the sense of this definition

(ask has a similar meaning as ...) take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs

"the accident claimed three lives" "The hard work took its toll on her"

(... is a kind of ask ) require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood

"most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German"

(... is a kind of ask ) require a specified depth for floating

"This boat draws 70 inches"

(... is a kind of ask ) require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice

"This mistake cost him his job"

(... is a kind of ask ) need badly or desperately

"This question cries out for an answer"

(... is a kind of ask ) necessitate or exact

"the water shortage compels conservation"

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