Pronunciation: (ask, äsk),[key] —v.t. 1. to put a question to; inquire of: I asked him but he didn't answer. 2. to request information about: to ask the way. 3. to try to get by using words; request: to ask advice; to ask a favor. 4. to solicit from; request of: Could I ask you a favor? Ask her for advice. 5. to demand; expect: What price are they asking? A little silence is all I ask. 6. to set a price of: to ask $20 for the hat. 7. to call for; need; require: This experiment asks patience. 8. to invite: to ask guests to dinner. 9. Archaic.to publish (banns).
—v.i. 1. to make inquiry; inquire: to ask about a person. 2. to request or petition (usually fol. by for): to ask for leniency; to ask for food. 3. ask for it, to risk or invite trouble, danger, punishment, etc., by persisting in some action or manner: He was asking for it by his abusive remarks.
Pronunciation: (äsk),[key] —n.Scand. Myth. the first man, made by the gods from an ash tree.Cf. Embla.