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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English asking, askyng, askynge, from Old English āscung (asking; question; inquiry), equivalent to ask +‎ -ing.

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asking

  1. present participle of ask

NounEdit

asking (plural askings)

  1. The act or process of posing a question or making a request.
    His asking was greeted with silence.
  2. (rare in the singular) A request, or petition.
    • 2005, The Woman's Book of Resilience: 12 Qualities to Cultivate, by Beth Miller - Page 125
      After many askings, pleadings, and episodes, all leading to nothing, she finally slumped down at the side of a well in a village where she was unknown.

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asking

  1. Alternative form of askynge