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- Rhymes: -æksən
- axien, asken, askien, aschen, aishen, axe, axse, aske, asshe, asche, aski, eskien, eschen, easki, eski, ix, oxien, oxen, axie, axsy, asse, asskenn
- (intransitive, transitive, ditransitive) To ask, enquire or question:
- a. 1382, John Wycliffe, “Matheu 7:7–8”, in Wycliffe's Bible:
- Axe ȝe, and it ſchal be ȝouun to ȝou; ſeke ȝe, and ȝe ſchulen fynde; knocke ȝe, and it ſchal be openyd to ȝou. / For ech that axith, takith; and he that ſekith, fyndith; and it schal be openyd to hym, that knockith.
- Ask, and you'll receive it; look, and you'll find; knock, and it'll be opened for you. / Because anyone who asks takes, someone that looks finds, and that'll be opened to them that knocks.
- (transitive) To look for something; to attempt to find something:
- (transitive, intransitive) To necessitate something; to have something as a requirement.
- (transitive, intransitive, ditransitive) To want or require something or someone.
- (transitive, intransitive, ditransitive) To command or require someone to do something.
- (transitive) To trial or examine something; to perform examination.
- (rare, transitive, intransitive) To acquire knowledge through examination.
- (rare, transitive) To attempt to execute or effect something.
- (rare, transitive) To aim to go to or visit a location.
- (rare, transitive) To have a tendency for a certain way or direction.
Conjugation of axen (weak)
|1st person singular||axe||axede|
|2nd person singular||axest||axedest|
|3rd person singular||axeþ, axeth||axede|
|axende, axinge||axed, yaxed|
- Alternative form of
- “asshen, adj.(2)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 26 April 2018.
- definite plural of ax