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3 letters words from 'ask'

ASK 7KAS 7
SKA 7 

2 letters words from 'ask'

AS 2KA 6

All 3 letters words made out of ask

ask sak aks kas ska ksa

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Definitions and meaning of ask

ask

Alternative forms

  • aks, ax (standard until about 1600, now dialectal and no longer standard)

Pronunciation

  • (UK)
    • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɑːsk/
    • (Northern England, Scotland) IPA(key): /ˈask/
    • (multicultural London also) IPA(key): /ˈɑːks/
  • (US)
    • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈæsk/
    • (NYC, Philadelphia) IPA(key): /eəsk/
    • (AAVE, Cajun, Nigeria) enPR: ăks, IPA(key): /ˈæks/
  • Rhymes: -ɑːsk, -æsk
  • Homophones: ax, axe (some dialects)

Etymology 1

From Middle English asken (also esken, aschen, eschen, etc.), from Old English āscian, from Proto-West Germanic *aiskōn, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eys- (to wish; request), German heischen, Dutch eisen.

Verb

ask (third-person singular simple present asks, present participle asking, simple past and past participle asked)

  1. (transitive or ditransitive) To request (information, or an answer to a question).
  2. To put forward (a question) to be answered.
  3. To interrogate or enquire of (a person).
    • He is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
  4. To request or petition; usually with for.
    • Ask, and it shall be given you.
  5. To request permission to do something.
  6. To require, demand, claim, or expect, whether by way of remuneration or return, or as a matter of necessity.
    • But in any Exigence of State, like that they are now pressed with, it certainly asks a much longer time to conduct any Design, for the Good of the Common-wealth, to its Maturity and Perfection.
  7. To invite.
  8. To publish in church for marriage; said of both the banns and the persons.
  9. (figuratively) To take (a person's situation) as an example.
Usage notes
  • This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive. See Appendix:English catenative verbs
  • Pronouncing ask as /æks/ is a common example of metathesis (attested since the Old English period) and still common in some varieties of English, notably African American Vernacular English (AAVE).
  • The action expressed by the verb ask can also be expressed by the noun-verb combination pose a question.
  • In older forms of English, when the pronoun thou was in active use, and verbs used -est for distinct second-person singular indicative forms, the verb ask had the form askest, and had askedst for its past tense.
  • Similarly, when the ending -eth was in active use for third-person singular present indicative forms, the form asketh was used.
Hyponyms
  • beg, beseech, demand, enquire, entreat, frain, implore, interrogate, petition, prompt, query, question, request, solicit, supplicate
Derived terms
Translations

Noun

ask (plural asks)

  1. An act or instance of asking.
  2. Something asked or asked for.
    Synonym: request
    • 2008, Doug Fields, Duffy Robbins, Speaking to Teenagers:
      Communication researchers call this the foot-in-the-door syndrome. Essentially it's based on the observation that people who respond positively to a small “ask” are more likely to respond to a bigger “ask” later on.
  3. An asking price.

Etymology 2

From Middle English aske, arske, from Old English āþexe (lizard, newt), from Proto-West Germanic *agiþahsijā (lizard), a compound of *agiz (snake, lizard) + *þahsuz (badger). Cognate of German Echse (lizard).

Alternative forms

  • asker, ascar, askerd, askard

Noun

ask (plural asks)

  1. (Britain dialectal and Scotland) An eft; newt.
  2. (Britain dialectal) A lizard.
    • 1951, Malcolm Arthur Smith, The British Amphibians & Reptiles (page 258)
      We hear of Adder dens, but detailed accounts of the discovery of one are very rare. Service (1902) records that a peatman, when levelling on an estate by the Solway, found in a hole in the ground, some 8 inches below the surface, 40 adders, 10 toads and a large number of asks (lizards).

Anagrams

  • AKs, KAs, KSA, SAK, SKA, aks, kas, ska

Danish

Etymology

From Old Norse askr, from Proto-Germanic *askaz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ask/

Noun

ask c (singular definite asken, plural indefinite aske)

  1. common ash (tree, Fraxinus excelsior)

Declension

References

  • “ask” in Den Danske Ordbog

Faroese

Alternative forms

  • askur m

Etymology

From Old Norse askr, from Proto-Germanic *askaz, *askiz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ask/

Noun

ask f (genitive singular askar, plural askir)

  1. ash tree
  2. ash wood

Declension


Icelandic

Noun

ask

  1. indefinite accusative singular of askur

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Old Norse askr, from Proto-Germanic *askaz.

Noun

ask m (definite singular asken, indefinite plural asker, definite plural askene)

  1. the European ash (ash tree) Fraxinus excelsior

References

  • “ask” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Old Norse askr, from Proto-Germanic *askaz. Akin to English ash.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɑsk/

Noun

ask m (definite singular asken, indefinite plural askar, definite plural askane)

  1. the European ash (ash tree) Fraxinus excelsior

References

  • “ask” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Old Saxon

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *askaz, *askiz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɑs̺k/

Noun

ask m

  1. ash tree
  2. spear

Declension


Descendants

  • Middle Low German: esk
    • Plautdietsch: Asch

Swedish

Etymology

From Old Swedish asker, from Old Norse askr, from Proto-Germanic *askaz, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ōs- (ash).

Pronunciation

Noun

ask c

  1. the European ash (tree) Fraxinus excelsior
  2. a small box
    Synonyms: låda, skrin

Declension

Descendants

  • Finnish: aski

Anagrams

  • sak, ska

Source: wiktionary.org
  • to inquire or request.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)