ask

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English asken, from Old English āxian, āscian (to ask, inquire, seek for, demand, call, summon, examine, observe), from Proto-Germanic *aiskōną (to ask, ask for), from Proto-Indo-European *ayǝs- (to look for). Cognate with Scots ask (to question, ask, demand, require), West Frisian easkje (to require, postulate, demand), Dutch eisen (to demand, require), German heischen (to demand), Danish æske (to provoke), Swedish äska (to demand), Russian искать (iskat', to seek, look for).

Verb[edit]

ask (third-person singular simple present asks, present participle asking, simple past and past participle asked)

  1. To request (information, or an answer to a question).
    I asked her age.
  2. To put forward (a question) to be answered.
    to ask a question
  3. To interrogate or enquire of (a person).
    I'm going to ask this lady for directions.
    • Bible, John ix. 21
      He is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
  4. To request or petition; usually with for.
    to ask for a second helping at dinner
    to ask for help with homework
    • Bible, Matthew vii. 7
      Ask, and it shall be given you.
  5. To require, demand, claim, or expect, whether by way of remuneration or return, or as a matter of necessity.
    What price are you asking for the house?
    • Addison
      An exigence of state asks a much longer time to conduct a design to maturity.
  6. To invite.
    Don't ask them to the wedding.
  7. To publish in church for marriage; said of both the banns and the persons.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Fuller to this entry?)
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Noun[edit]

ask (plural asks)

  1. An act or instance of asking.
    • 2005, Laura Fredricks, The ask:
      To ask for a gift is a privilege, a wonderful expression of commitment to and ownership of the organization. Getting a yes to an ask can be a rush, but asking for the gift can and should be just as rewarding.
  2. Something asked or asked for; a request.
    • 2008, Doug Fields, Duffy Robbins, Speaking to Teenagers:
      Communication researchers call this the foot-in-the-door syndrome. Essentially it's based on the observation that people who respond positively to a small “ask” are more likely to respond to a bigger “ask” later on.
  3. An asking price.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English aske, arske, from Old English āþexe (lizard, newt), from Proto-Germanic *agiþahsijǭ (lizard), from Proto-Germanic *agi- (snake) (from Proto-Indo-European *ogʷh- (snake, lizard)) + Proto-Germanic *þahsuz (badger) (from Proto-Indo-European *teḱs- (to hew, trim)). Cognate with Scots ask, awsk, esk (an eft or newt), Dutch hagedis (lizard), German Echse, Eidechse (lizard).

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Noun[edit]

ask (plural asks)

  1. (UK dialectal and Scotland) An eft; newt.
    • 1876, S. Smiles, Scottish Naturalist:
      He looked at the beast. It was not an eel. It was very like an ask.
  2. (UK dialectal) A lizard.

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Danish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse askr, from Proto-Germanic, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃és-no-, *h₃és-i- (ash).

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ask c (singular definite asken, plural indefinite aske)

  1. common ash (tree, Fraxinus excelsior)

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Faroese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse askr, from Proto-Germanic *askaz, *askiz, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ōs- (ash).

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ask f (genitive singular askar, plural askir)

  1. ash tree
  2. ash wood

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f2 Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative ask askin askir askirnar
Accusative ask askina askir askirnar
Dative ask askini askum askunum
Genitive askar askarinnar aska askanna

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Norwegian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse askr.

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ask m

  1. The European ash (tree), Fraxinus excelsior

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Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *askaz, *askiz, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ōs- (ash). Cognate with Old English æsc, Dutch es, Old High German asc (whence German Esche), Old Norse askr (whence Swedish ask). The Indo-European root, in various forms, is also the source of Ancient Greek οξύα (oksúa, beech, spear-shaft), Latin ornus, Russian ясень (jasen', ash), Lithuanian úosis.

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ask m

  1. ash tree
  2. spear

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Swedish[edit]

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ask c

  1. the European ash (tree) Fraxinus excelsior
  2. a small box

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