WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ask /æsk, ɑsk/v. to put a question (to);
inquire (of):[no object]I asked but I never got an answer.[~ + object]I asked her but she didn't answer.[~ + object + clause]I asked him if they were going home.to request information about:[~ + object]He was ashamed to ask the question.[~ + after + object]He asked after you.[~ + object]to put into words so as to gain information, attention, etc.; utter:You have to ask the right questions.to request (of):[~ + for + object]I asked for a little more time.[~ + object]I have to ask a favor of you.[~ + object + object]Could I ask you a favor?[~ + to + verb]I asked to leave early.[~ + object + to + verb]I asked her to leave early, but she wanted to stay.[~ + object](of a price)
- to demand; expect: What price are they asking?
- to set a price of: to ask $40 for the hat.[~ + object + to + object]to invite:to ask guests to dinner.[~ + for + object]to request to speak to (someone):
Your sister called and asked for you.