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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 forSee moreGrammar:AskAsk is a verb meaning ‘put a question or seek an answer from someone’:See moreGrammar:Ask forIf you ask for something, it means that you want someone to give you something:See moreGrammar:Ask and ask for: typical errorSee more
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