Definition of “ask” - Learner’s Dictionary

ask

verb uk us /ɑːsk/
QUESTION [ I, T ]

A1 to say something to someone as a question that you want them to answer:

[ + two objects ] Can I ask you a few questions?
I asked him about his hobbies.
[ + question word ] I asked why the plane was so late.
WANT SOMETHING [ I, T ]

B1 to say something to someone because you want them to give you something:

He's asked for a bike for his birthday.
REQUEST [ I, T ]

B1 to say something to someone because you want them to do something:

[ + to do sth ] They've asked me to look after their dog while they're away.
INVITE [ T ]

A2 to invite someone to do something:

She asked him out to lunch the next day.
WANT PERMISSION [ I, T ]

B1 to say something to someone because you want to know if you can do something:

Bruce asked if he could stay with us for a few days.
[ + to do sth ] She asked to leave early.
PRICE [ T ]

to want a particular amount of money for something that you sell:

How much are you asking for it?
ask yourself sth

to think about something carefully:

You've got to ask yourself whether it's what you really want.
ask for it/trouble informal

to behave in a way that is likely to make something unpleasant happen to you or to cause you problems:

His wife left him, but it seems to me he was asking for it.
Drinking and driving is asking for trouble.
don't ask me informal

B2 used to tell someone that you do not know the answer to a question and that you are surprised they have asked you:

Don't ask me why you left your last job!
you may well ask

said to someone who has asked you a question that would be difficult or interesting to answer

(Definition of “ask” from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)