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Synonyms for ask
æsk, ɑskask

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. ask

    One asks what he feels that he may fairly claim and reasonably expect; "if a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father," Luke xi, 11; he begs for that to which he advances no claim but pity. Demand is a determined and often an arrogant word; one may rightfully demand what is his own or his due, when it is withheld or denied; or he may wrongfully demand that to which he has no claim but power. Require is less arrogant and obtrusive than demand, but is exceedingly strenuous; as, the court requires the attendance of witnesses. Entreat implies a special earnestness of asking, and beseech, a still added and more humble intensity; beseech was formerly often used as a polite intensive for beg or pray; as, I beseech you to tell me. To implore is to ask with weeping and lamentation; to supplicate is to ask, as it were, on bended knees. Crave and request are somewhat formal terms; crave has almost disappeared from conversation; request would seem distant between parent and child. Pray is now used chiefly of address to the Supreme Being; petition is used of written request to persons in authority; as, to petition the legislature to pass an act, or the governor to pardon an offender.

    Synonyms:
    beg, beseech, crave, demand, entreat, implore, petition, pray, request, require, solicit, supplicate

    Antonyms:
    claim, command, deny, enforce, exact, extort, insist, refuse, reject

    Preposition:
    Ask a person for a thing; ask a thing of or from a person; ask after or about one's health, welfare, friends, etc.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ask, inquire, enquireverb

    inquire about

    "I asked about their special today"; "He had to ask directions several times"

    Synonyms:
    postulate, need, require, expect, demand, inquire, enquire, take, investigate, wonder, involve, call for, necessitate

  2. askverb

    make a request or demand for something to somebody

    "She asked him for a loan"

    Synonyms:
    postulate, need, require, expect, demand, inquire, enquire, take, involve, call for, necessitate

  3. askverb

    direct or put; seek an answer to

    "ask a question"

    Synonyms:
    postulate, need, require, expect, demand, inquire, enquire, take, involve, call for, necessitate

  4. ask, require, expectverb

    consider obligatory; request and expect

    "We 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"

    Synonyms:
    await, call for, demand, enquire, inquire, need, look, involve, wait, want, require, have a bun in the oven, necessitate, postulate, anticipate, gestate, take, carry, command, expect, bear

  5. askverb

    address a question to and expect an answer from

    "Ask your teacher about trigonometry"; "The children asked me about their dead grandmother"

    Synonyms:
    postulate, need, require, expect, demand, inquire, enquire, take, involve, call for, necessitate

  6. necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demandverb

    require as useful, just, or proper

    "It 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"

    Synonyms:
    require, read, pick up, occupy, subscribe to, withdraw, lead, ingest, inquire, take on, carry, deal, assume, have, hold, choose, study, learn, fill, necessitate, bespeak, invite, imply, consume, drive, hire, posit, consider, need, rent, pick out, collect, quest, contract, adopt, film, remove, demand, gather up, lease, take aim, want, take up, train, strike, use up, select, take, engage, make, claim, regard, enquire, request, get hold of, exact, take away, pack, call for, affect, expect, bring, command, submit, convey, shoot, aim, direct, contend, charter, get, contain, take in, subscribe, involve, acquire, look at, postulate, accept, guide, admit, conduct

  7. askverb

    require or ask for as a price or condition

    "He is asking $200 for the table"; "The kidnappers are asking a million dollars in return for the release of their hostage"

    Synonyms:
    postulate, need, require, expect, demand, inquire, enquire, take, involve, call for, necessitate

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. askverb

    Synonyms:
    question, interrogate, inquire of, put the question to

  2. askverb

    Synonyms:
    request, solicit, petition, beseech, implore, supplicate, crave, beg, desire, entreat, pray for, prefer a petition for, make application for

  3. askverb

    Synonyms:
    require, claim, demand, challenge, call for

  4. askverb

    Synonyms:
    petition, beg, pray

  5. askverb

    Synonyms:
    inquire, question, make inquiry

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. ASK

    Synonyms:
    Cardiology Australian StreptoKinase trial in stroke

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How to use ask in a sentence?

  1. Jeb Bush:

    In my family, you know, I was brought up not to toot my own horn, i'm not a bragger. It's hard for me to do this. But I can promise you that if I'm elected president I will work hard to change the direction of this country and I do believe I have the leadership skills to make it so. So I'm humbly here to ask for your vote.

  2. State Department spokesman John Kirby:

    It would be, obviously, imprudent for us not to ask these questions.

  3. Bernard Baumohl:

    The biggest folly is the belief that lowering interest rates by 25 or 50 bp will do anything to revive the economy, don't ask the Federal Reserve to bail out the economy, because they're not going to be able to do it this time.

  4. Donald Trump:

    Salute to the Heroes of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection, adrian Anzaldua, come here. I want to ask you a question.

  5. Kyle Gibson:

    This is one of those games, yeah, it would be great to have, but that’s a really good team over there and more than likely the team that we’re going to see in October when we get there, so, to play them pretty tight, to have multiple chances there in the last two innings against their best guys, you really can’t ask for anything else.


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