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ask

verb uk   /ɑːsk/ us    /æsk/

ask verb (QUESTION)

B1 [I or T] to put a question to someone, or to request an answer from someone: [+ two objects] She asked me a question. She asked a question about Welsh history. She asked me about Welsh history. She asked about Welsh history. [+ question word] I've no idea what time the train leaves. Ask the guard whether he knows. I asked the guard the time of the train's departure. I asked when the train would leave. [+ speech] "What time does the train leave?" I asked.ask yourself sth C2 to consider something carefully: She needs to ask herself why nobody seems to like her.
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ask verb (REQUEST)

B1 [I or T] to speak or write to someone saying that you want them to do something, to give you something, or to allow you to do something: If you need any help, please don't hesitate to ask. She asked (her manager) if/whether she could leave early to pick up the kids. I asked to see my accountant. You should ask (your accountant) for some financial advice. [+ to infinitive] You should ask your accountant to give you some financial advice. Can I ask you a favour?/ formal Can I ask a favour of you? I'd like to ask your advice/opinion on a financial matter. You have to ask permission to leave. formal We ask that any faulty goods be returned in their original packaging. [+ that] formal The solicitor asked that her client be allowed to make a phone call.

ask verb (INVITE)

A2 [T] to request or invite someone to go somewhere with you or to come to your home: UK I've asked David to the party. [+ to infinitive] US I've asked David to come to the party. "Are you going to Muriel's party?" "No, I haven't been asked." Jorge has asked us over for dinner next Friday. UK Ian's asked us round to/for dinner next Friday. In fact they've asked us to stay for the whole weekend.
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ask verb (EXPECT)

[T] to expect or demand something: Greg's asking (= expecting to be paid) £250,000 for his house. He asks too much of me - I can't always be there to help him. It's asking a lot when your boss wants you to work weekends as well as evenings.
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