"asking" in the noun sense
1. request, asking
the verbal act of requesting
"asking" in the verb sense
make a request or demand for something to somebody
"She asked him for a loan"
direct or put seek an answer to
"ask a question"
3. 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"
4. ask, inquire, enquire
address a question to and expect an answer from
"Ask your teacher about trigonometry"
"The children asked me about their dead grandmother"
"I inquired about their special today"
"He had to ask directions several times"
5. 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"
6. ask out, ask, invite out, take out
make a date
"Has he asked you out yet?" "He asekd me to a dance"
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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