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'ASK, v.t. [Gr. In former times, the English word was pronounced ax, as in the royal style of assenting to bills in Parliament. "Be it as it is axed."]

1. To request; to seek to obtain by words; to petition; with of before the person to whom the request is made.

Ask counsel of God. Judges 18.

2. To require, expect or claim.

To whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Luke 12.

3. To interrogate, or inquire; to put a question, with a view to an answer.

He is of age, ask him. John 9.

4. To require, or make claim.

Ask me never so much dowry. Gen. 34. Dan. 2.

5. To claim, require or demand, as the price or value of a commodity; to set a price; as, what price do you ask?

6. To require, as physically necessary.

The exigence of a state asks a much longer time to conduct the design to maturity.

This sense is nearly or entirely obsolete; ask being superseded by require and demand.

7. To invite; as, to ask guests to a wedding or entertainment; ask my friend to step into the house.

'ASK, v.i.

1. To request or petition, followed by for; as, ask for bread; or without for.

Ask and it shall be given you. Mat. 7.

2. to inquire, or seek by request; sometimes followed by after.

Wherefore dost thou ask after my name? Gen. 32.

This verb can hardly be considered as strictly intransitive, for some person or object is always understood.

Ask is not equivalent to demand, claim, and require, at least, in modern usage; much less, is it equivalent to beg and beseech. The first three words, demand, claim, require, imply a right or supposed right in the person asking, to the thing requested; and beseech implies more urgency, than ask. Ask and request imply no right, but suppose the thing desired to be a favor. The French demander is correctly rendered by ask, rather than by deman.



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'ASK, v.t. [Gr. In former times, the English word was pronounced ax, as in the royal style of assenting to bills in Parliament. "Be it as it is axed."]

1. To request; to seek to obtain by words; to petition; with of before the person to whom the request is made.

Ask counsel of God. Judges 18.

2. To require, expect or claim.

To whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Luke 12.

3. To interrogate, or inquire; to put a question, with a view to an answer.

He is of age, ask him. John 9.

4. To require, or make claim.

Ask me never so much dowry. Gen. 34. Dan. 2.

5. To claim, require or demand, as the price or value of a commodity; to set a price; as, what price do you ask?

6. To require, as physically necessary.

The exigence of a state asks a much longer time to conduct the design to maturity.

This sense is nearly or entirely obsolete; ask being superseded by require and demand.

7. To invite; as, to ask guests to a wedding or entertainment; ask my friend to step into the house.

'ASK, v.i.

1. To request or petition, followed by for; as, ask for bread; or without for.

Ask and it shall be given you. Mat. 7.

2. to inquire, or seek by request; sometimes followed by after.

Wherefore dost thou ask after my name? Gen. 32.

This verb can hardly be considered as strictly intransitive, for some person or object is always understood.

Ask is not equivalent to demand, claim, and require, at least, in modern usage; much less, is it equivalent to beg and beseech. The first three words, demand, claim, require, imply a right or supposed right in the person asking, to the thing requested; and beseech implies more urgency, than ask. Ask and request imply no right, but suppose the thing desired to be a favor. The French demander is correctly rendered by ask, rather than by deman.

ASK, v.i.

  1. To request or petition, followed by for; as, ask for bread; or without for. Ask, and it shall be given you. Matth. vii.
  2. To inquire, or seek by request; sometimes followed by after. Wherefore dost thou ask after my name? – Gen. xxxii. This verb can hardly be considered as strictly intransitive, for some person or object is always understood. Ask is not equivalent to demand, claim, and require, at least, in modern usage; much less, is it equivalent to beg and beseech. The first three words, demand, claim, require, imply a right or supposed right in the person asking, to the thing requested; and beseech implies more urgency, than ask. Ask and request imply no right, but suppose the thing desired to be a favor. The French demander is correctly rendered by ask, rather than by demand.

ASK, v.t. [Sax. ascian, acsian, or axian; D. eischen; G. heischen; Ir. ascaim; Gr. αξιοω. Qu. Eth. አሰኩ asku, to pray or beseech. In former times, the English word was pronounced ax, as in the royal style of assenting to bills in Parliament. “Be it as it is axed.” In Calmuc, asoc signifies to inquire. The sense is to urge or press.]

  1. To request; to seek to obtain by words; to petition; with of in the sense of from, before the person to whom the request is made. Ask counsel of God. Judges xviii.
  2. To require, expect or claim. To whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Luke xii.
  3. To interrogate, or inquire; to put a question, with a view to an answer. He is of age, ask him. – John ix.
  4. To require, or make claim. Ask me never so much dowry. – Gen. xxxiv. Dan. ii.
  5. To claim, require or demand, as the price or value of a commodity; to set a price; as, what price do you ask?
  6. To require, as physically necessary. The exigence of a state asks a much longer time to conduct the design to maturity. – Addison. This sense is nearly or entirely obsolete; ask being superseded by require and demand.
  7. To invite; as, to ask guests to a wedding or entertainment; ask my friend to step into the house.

Ask
  1. To request; to seek to obtain by words; to petition; to solicit; -- often with of, in the sense of from, before the person addressed.

    Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God.
    Judg. xviii. 5.

    If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
    John xv. 7.

  2. To request or petition; -- usually followed by for; as, to ask for bread.

    Ask, and it shall be given you.
    Matt. vii. 7.

  3. A water newt.

    [Scot. *** North of Eng.]
  4. To require, demand, claim, or expect, whether by way of remuneration or return, or as a matter of necessity; as, what price do you ask?

    Ask me never so much dowry.
    Gen. xxxiv. 12.

    To whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
    Luke xii. 48.

    An exigence of state asks a much longer time to conduct a design to maturity.
    Addison.

  5. To make inquiry, or seek by request; -- sometimes followed by after.

    Wherefore . . . dost ask after my name?
    Gen. xxxii. 29.

  6. To interrogate or inquire of or concerning; to put a question to or about; to question.

    He is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
    John ix. 21.

    He asked the way to Chester.
    Shak.

  7. To invite; as, to ask one to an entertainment.
  8. To publish in church for marriage; -- said of both the banns and the persons.

    Fuller.

    Syn. -- To beg; request; seek; petition; solicit; entreat; beseech; implore; crave; require; demand; claim; exhibit; inquire; interrogate. See Beg.

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'ASK, verb transitive [Gr. In former times, the English word was pronounced ax, as in the royal style of assenting to bills in Parliament. 'Be it as it is axed.']

1. To request; to seek to obtain by words; to petition; with of before the person to whom the request is made.

Ask counsel of God. Judges 18:5.

2. To require, expect or claim.

To whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Luke 12:48.

3. To interrogate, or inquire; to put a question, with a view to an answer.

He is of age, ask him. John 9:21.

4. To require, or make claim.

Ask me never so much dowry. Genesis 34:12. Daniel 2:10.

5. To claim, require or demand, as the price or value of a commodity; to set a price; as, what price do you ask?

6. To require, as physically necessary.

The exigence of a state asks a much longer time to conduct the design to maturity.

This sense is nearly or entirely obsolete; ask being superseded by require and demand.

7. To invite; as, to ask guests to a wedding or entertainment; ask my friend to step into the house.

'ASK, verb intransitive

1. To request or petition, followed by for; as, ask for bread; or without for.

Ask and it shall be given you. Matthew 7:7.

2. to inquire, or seek by request; sometimes followed by after.

Wherefore dost thou ask after my name? Genesis 32:29.

This verb can hardly be considered as strictly intransitive, for some person or object is always understood.

Ask is not equivalent to demand, claim, and require, at least, in modern usage; much less, is it equivalent to beg and beseech. The first three words, demand, claim, require, imply a right or supposed right in the person asking, to the thing requested; and beseech implies more urgency, than ask ask and request imply no right, but suppose the thing desired to be a favor. The French demander is correctly rendered by ask rather than by deman.

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