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ask /ɑːsk $ æsk/ verb

پرسیدن ، جویا شدن ، خواهش کردن ، برای چیزی بی تاب شدن ، طلبیدن ، خواستن ، دعوت کردن
- inquire, interrogate, query, question, quiz
- request, appeal, beg, demand, plead, seek
- invite, bid, summon
Contrasted words: answer, rejoin, reply, respond, retort
Related Idioms: put in for
Related Words: argue, canvass, debate, deliberate, discuss, review, talk (over), claim, demand, exact, require, beg, beseech, entreat, implore, importune, request, seek
English Thesaurus: ask, inquire/enquire, demand, interview, poll, ...

[TahlilGaran] English Synonym Dictionary

I. ask1 S1 W1 /ɑːsk $ æsk/ verb
[Language: Old English; Origin: ascian]

1. QUESTION [intransitive and transitive] to speak or write to someone in order to get an answer, information, or a solution:
‘What’s your name?’ she asked.
Don’t ask him – he won’t know.
That kid’s always asking awkward questions.
ask who/what/where etc
I asked him where he lived.
ask somebody something
We’ll have to ask someone the way to the station.
ask somebody if/whether
Go and ask Tom whether he’s coming tonight.
ask (somebody) about something
Visitors usually ask about the history of the castle.
ask around (=ask in a lot of places or ask a lot of people)
I’ll ask around, see if I can find you a place to stay.

2. FOR HELP/ADVICE ETC [intransitive and transitive] to make a request for help, advice, information etc:
If you need anything, you only have to ask.
ask somebody to do something
Ask John to mail those letters tomorrow.
ask to do something
Karen asked to see the doctor.
ask for
Some people find it difficult to ask for help.
ask somebody for something
He repeatedly asked Bailey for the report.
ask (somebody) if/whether you can do something
Ask your mom if you can come with us.
ask that
Was it too much to ask that he be allowed some privacy?

3. PRICE [transitive] to want a particular amount of money for something you are selling:
How much is he asking?
ask $50/$1,000 etc for something
He’s asking £2,000 for his car.
They’re asking a fortune for that house.

4. INVITE [transitive usually + adverb/preposition] to invite someone to your home, to go out with you etc
ask somebody to do something
Let’s ask them to have dinner with us some time.
ask somebody out (=ask someone, especially someone of the opposite sex, to go to a film, a restaurant etc with you)
Jerry’s too scared to ask her out.
ask somebody in (=invite someone into your house, office etc)
Don’t leave them standing on the doorstep – ask them in!
ask somebody over/round (=invite someone to come to your home)
We must ask our new neighbours over for a drink.

5. DEMAND [transitive] if you ask something of someone, you want them to do it for you:
It would be better if he cooperated, but perhaps I’m asking too much.
ask something of somebody
You have no right to ask anything of me.
Expecting the children to do an hour’s homework after school is asking a lot of them.

6. I/you can’t/couldn’t ask for a better something (also I/you can’t/couldn’t ask for more) used to say that you are very happy with what you have or with a situation:
I couldn’t ask for a better boss.

7. be asking for trouble to do something that is very likely to have a bad effect or result:
Saying that to a feminist is just asking for trouble.

8. ask yourself something to think carefully and honestly about something:
You have to ask yourself where your responsibilities really lie.


9. if you ask me used to emphasize your own opinion:
He’s just plain crazy, if you ask me.

10. don’t ask me used to say you do not know the answer to something:
‘Where’s she gone then?’ ‘Don’t ask me!’

11. don’t ask used to say that something is too embarrassing or strange to explain:
‘What was that woman selling?’ ‘Don’t ask.’

12. be asking for it used to say that someone deserves something bad that happens to them:
It’s his own fault he got hit – he was asking for it.

13. be sb’s for the asking informal if something is yours for the asking, you can have it if you want it:
The job was hers for the asking.

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Contemporary English

II. ask2 noun
a big ask a situation in a sports competition when someone needs to get a lot of points or do something very difficult in order to win:
We need to win the next three games. It’s a big ask, but I’m confident we can do it.

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Contemporary English

I. put a question to sb
ADV. gently, quietly, softly ‘How do you feel?’ she asked softly.
amiably, conversationally, politely ‘Did you sleep well?’, he asked politely.
belligerently, crossly, icily, nastily, querulously, sarcastically, slyly, testily | casually, dryly, innocently ‘Oh, Sue went too, did she?’ I asked innocently (= pretending I did not know that this was important).
curiously, incredulously, pointedly, suspiciously | anxiously, apprehensively, fearfully, solicitously ‘Will he be all right?’, Sabrina asked anxiously.
legitimately We can legitimately ask what competence an official based in Whitehall has to solve the problems of rural Scotland.
VERB + ASK long to, want to She longed to ask Mary if she knew what was wrong. I wanted to ask him a question.
dare (to) I wondered how old she was but I didn't dare ask.
forget to I completely forgot to ask his name.
PREP. about He asked about her family.
PHRASES get asked sth I often get asked that.
if you don't mind me/my asking How old are you?if you don't mind my asking?

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary

II. request sth
ADV. nicely If you ask her nicely, she'll give you a sweet.
PREP. for asking for money

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary


ask for help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
ask for assistance (=help or support)
You can call this number to ask for assistance.
ask for advice/ask sb’s advice
If you are in any doubt, ask for advice.
ask for information
I wrote asking for information about language classes.
ask for directions (=instructions how to get from one place to another)
At the station he asked for directions to the museum.
ask for details
Please ask for details of the full range of tickets available.
ask for sb’s opinion
Dad always liked being asked for his opinion.
ask for sb’s support
Labour councillors asked for our support for the proposal.
ask for permission
The two men entered without bothering to ask for permission.
ask for an explanation
When he asked for an explanation, no one could give him an answer.

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary

BAD: We have to ask to ourselves whether such films should be censored.
GOOD: We have to ask ourselves whether such films should be censored.
BAD: She asked to me to tell her a story.
GOOD: She asked me to tell her a story.

Usage Note:
ask sb (NOT to sb ): 'He asked me if I could give him a lift to the station.'

BAD: She asked me what was the time.
GOOD: She asked me what the time was.
BAD: They asked him what would he like to do.
GOOD: They asked him what he would like to do.

Usage Note:
When the object of the sentence is a wh- clause, the subject and the verb in the wh- clause do not change places. Compare: 'How old are you?' 'She asked me how old I was.'

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Common Errors

See: for the asking

[TahlilGaran] English Idioms Dictionary

TahlilGaran Online Dictionary ver 14.0
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