See also: Ask, ASK, and aşk

English edit

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  • aks, ax (standard until about 1600, now dialectal and no longer standard)
  • aske (obsolete)
  • aſk (obsolete)

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Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English asken (also esken, aschen, eschen, etc.), from Old English āscian, from Proto-West Germanic *aiskōn, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eys- (to wish; request). Cognate with Saterland Frisian aaskje (to ask, demand, require), West Frisian easkje (to ask, demand, require), Dutch eisen (to demand, require), German heischen (to ask, request, implore), Russian иска́ть (iskátʹ), Sanskrit इच्छति (iccháti) (whence Hindi ईछना (īchnā).

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

  1. (transitive or ditransitive) To request (information, or an answer to a question).
    I asked her age.
    I asked her (for) 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.
  4. To request or petition; usually with for.
    to ask for a second helping at dinner
    to ask for help with homework
    Emma asked Jim to close his eyes.
  5. To request permission to do something.
    She asked to see the doctor.
    Did you ask to use the car?
  6. 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?
    • 1705, J[oseph] Addison, Remarks on Several Parts of Italy, &c. in the Years 1701, 1702, 1703, London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], →OCLC:
      But in any Exigence of State, like that they are now pressed with, it certainly asks a much longer time to conduct any Design, for the Good of the Common-wealth, to its Maturity and Perfection.
  7. To invite.
    Don't ask them to the wedding.
  8. To publish in church for marriage; said of both the banns and the persons.
  9. (figuratively) To take (a person's situation) as an example.
    • 1990 April 26, Paul Wiseman, “Dark days”, in USA Today:
      Even when the damage isn't that clear cut, the intangible burdens of a bad image can add up. Just ask Dow Chemical.
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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.
    • 2022 December 14, Christian Wolmar, “No Marston Vale line trains... and no one in charge seems to 'give a damn'”, in RAIL, number 972, page 46:
      That really does not seem much of an ask.
  2. Something asked or asked for.
    Synonym: request
    I know this is a big ask, but …
    • 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.
  4. (Internet) A message sent to a blog on social networking platform Tumblr, which can be publicly posted and replied to by the recipient.
    • 2017, Abigail Oakley, “Supporting one another: Nonbinary community building on Tumblr”, in Isabel K. Düsterhöft, Paul G. Nixon, editors, Sex in the Digital Age, unnumbered page:
      Answering 'asks' like this is one common way that Tumblr bloggers interact with their followers, so it is in the act of publicly answering these asks that I examine community building practices.
    • 2018, Lynette Kvasny, Fay Cobb Payton, “African American Youth Tumbling Toward Mental Health Support-Seeking and Positive Academic Outcomes”, in Amanda Ochsner, William G. Tierney, Zoë B. Corwin, editors, Diversifying Digital Learning: Online Literacy and Educational Opportunity[1], page 168:
      The following example from Black Mental Health illustrates an ask from an anonymous follower seeking social support: []
    • 2020, Lee Brown, “Behind the Scenes of a Popular Trans Youth Resources Tumblr”, in Alexander Cho, Allison McCracken, Indira N. Hoch, Louisa Stein, editors, A Tumblr Book: Platforms and Cultures[2], page 265:
      Once the number of unanswered Asks in the inbox was over eight thousand, despite us deleting everything accumulated in the inbox once a year.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:ask.
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Etymology 2 edit

From Middle English aske, arske, ascre, from Old English āþexe (lizard, newt), from Proto-West Germanic *agiþahsijā (lizard), a compound of *agiz (snake, lizard) + *þahsuz (badger). Cognate of German Echse (lizard).

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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.
    • 1951, Malcolm Arthur Smith, The British Amphibians & Reptiles, page 258:
      We hear of Adder dens, but detailed accounts of the discovery of one are very rare. Service (1902) records that a peatman, when levelling on an estate by the Solway, found in a hole in the ground, some 8 inches below the surface, 40 adders, 10 toads and a large number of asks (lizards).

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en ask – Fraxinus angustifolia

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From Old Norse askr, from Proto-Germanic *askaz.

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ask c (singular definite asken, plural indefinite aske)

  1. ash tree (Fraxinus spp.), especially, common ash (tree, Fraxinus excelsior)

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From Old Norse askr, from Proto-Germanic *askaz, *askiz.

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ask f (genitive singular askar, plural askir)

  1. ash tree
  2. ash wood

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Declension of ask
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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ask

  1. indefinite accusative singular of askur

Northern Kurdish edit

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Ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱ-. Confer Persianآهو(âhu).

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ask f (Arabic spellingئاسک⁩)

  1. gazelle
  2. deer

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References edit

  • Chyet, Michael L. (2020), “ask”, in Ferhenga Birûskî: Kurmanji–English Dictionary (Language Series; 1), volume 1, London: Transnational Press, page 14

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Etymology edit

From Old Norse askr, from Proto-Germanic *askaz.

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ask m (definite singular asken, indefinite plural asker, definite plural askene)

  1. European ash (ash tree) Fraxinus excelsior

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From Old Norse askr, from Proto-Germanic *askaz. Akin to English ash.

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ask m (definite singular asken, indefinite plural askar, definite plural askane)

  1. European ash (ash tree) Fraxinus excelsior

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ask

  1. accusative singular of askr

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From Proto-West Germanic *ask.

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ask m

  1. ash tree
  2. spear

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  • Middle Low German: esk

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

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ask c

  1. European ash (tree) Fraxinus excelsior
  2. a small box (with a loose lid)
    Synonyms: låda, skrin

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Declension of ask 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative ask asken askar askarna
Genitive asks askens askars askarnas

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