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English definition of “ask”

ask

verb (REQUEST)    /ɑːsk/ US  /æsk/
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 . Grammar:Ask and ask forGrammar:AskAsk is a verb meaning ‘put a question or seek an answer from someone’:Grammar:Ask forIf you ask for something, it means that you want someone to give you something:Grammar:Ask and ask for: typical error
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