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verb  us   /æsk/

ask verb (QUESTION OR REQUEST)

[I/T] to state a question to someone, or to request something from someone: [T] Can I ask you a question? [T] If you are asking me if I was foolish, yes, I was foolish. [+ question word] We kept asking why he had done it. [+ question word] He asked how much the necklace cost. [I] He asked for more time to repay the loan. [T] You should ask your lawyer for advice. [T] I’d like to ask your advice on a financial matter. [+ to infinitive] I asked to see my accountant. "How much time do we have left?" he asked. [I] Our neighbors are selling their house, but I don’t know how much they’re asking for it (= how much they want for it).

ask verb (INVITE)

[T] to invite someone to go somewhere: "Are you going to Michelle’s party?" "No, I haven’t been asked." Megan’s asked us over for dinner next Friday.
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