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English verb: ask

1. ask (communication) inquire about

SamplesI asked about their special today.
He had to ask directions several times.

ExamplesThey ask whether there was a traffic accident

Synonymsenquire, inquire

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate

Narrower (hyponym)confer with, consult, pry

Verb groupask, ask

2. ask (communication) make a request or demand for something to somebody

SamplesShe asked him for a loan.

ExamplesThey ask him to write the letter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something from somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)bespeak, call for, quest, request

Narrower (hyponym)request, solicit

3. ask (communication) direct or put; seek an answer to

SamplesAsk a question.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)articulate, formulate, give voice, phrase, word

Verb groupask, enquire, inquire

4. ask (communication) consider obligatory; request and expect

SamplesWe require our secretary to be on time.
Aren't we asking too much of these children?.
I expect my students to arrive in time for their lessons.

ExamplesThey ask him to write the letter

Synonymsexpect, require

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something from somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)demand

Narrower (hyponym)call

5. ask (communication) address a question to and expect an answer from

SamplesAsk your teacher about trigonometry.
The children asked me about their dead grandmother.

ExamplesThey ask them the information

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)address, turn to

Narrower (hyponym)interrogate, query, question, question

Verb groupask, enquire, inquire

6. ask (stative) require as useful, just, or proper

SamplesIt takes nerve to do what she did.
Success usually requires hard work.
This job asks a lot of patience and skill.
This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice.
This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert.
This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent.

Synonymscall for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)claim, compel, cost, cry for, cry out for, draw, exact, govern, take

Verb groupclaim, exact, take

Antonymsobviate, rid of, eliminate

7. ask (communication) require or ask for as a price or condition

SamplesHe is asking $200 for the table.
The kidnappers are asking a million dollars in return for the release of their hostage.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)demand

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