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Overview of verb ask

The verb ask has 7 senses? (first 5 from tagged texts)
1. (244) ask, inquire, enquire

(inquire about; "I asked about their special today"; "He had to ask directions several times")

2. (165) ask

(make a request or demand for something to somebody; "She asked him for a loan")

3. (16) ask

(direct or put; seek an answer to; "ask a question")

4. (2) ask, require, expect

(consider obligatory; request and expect; "We require our secretary to be on time"; "Aren't we asking too much of these children?"; "I expect my students to arrive in time for their lessons")

5. (1) ask

(address a question to and expect an answer from; "Ask your teacher about trigonometry"; "The children asked me about their dead grandmother")

6. necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demand

(require as useful, just, or proper; "It takes nerve to do what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent")

7. ask

(require or ask for as a price or condition; "He is asking $200 for the table"; "The kidnappers are asking a million dollars in return for the release of their hostage")

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