Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
ācsian; akin to OS.
iskatito seek, Skr.
ishto desire. √5.]
To request; to seek to obtain by words; to petition; to solicit; – often with of, in the sense of from, before the person addressed.
Askcounsel, we pray thee, of God.
Judg. xviii. 5.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall
askwhat ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John xv. 7.
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?
Askme never so much dowry.
Gen. xxxiv. 12.
To whom men have committed much, of him they will
Luke xii. 48.
An exigence of state
asksa much longer time to conduct a design to maturity.
To interrogate or inquire of or concerning; to put a question to or about; to question.
He is of age;
askhim: he shall speak for himself.
John ix. 21.
askedthe way to Chester.
askone to an entertainment
To publish in church for marriage; – said of both the banns and the persons.
Syn. – To beg; request; seek; petition; solicit; entreat; beseech; implore; crave; require; demand; claim; exhibit; inquire; interrogate. See
To request or petition; – usually followed by for;
Ask, and it shall be given you.
Matt. vii. 7.
To make inquiry, or seek by request; – sometimes followed by after.
Wherefore . . . dost
askafter my name?
Gen. xxxii. 29.
A water newt.
[Scot. & North of Eng.]
Webster 1828 Edition
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This sense is nearly or entirely obsolete; ask being superseded by require and demand.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.
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.