ask for

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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ask, ahsk fawr]
    • /æsk, ɑsk fɔr/
    • /ɑːsk fɔː(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ask, ahsk fawr]
    • /æsk, ɑsk fɔr/

Definitions of ask for words

  • verb ask for to try to obtain by requesting 3
  • verb ask for to behave in a provocative manner that is regarded as inviting (trouble) 3
  • verb with object ask for to put a question to; inquire of: I asked him but he didn't answer. 1
  • verb with object ask for to request information about: to ask the way. 1
  • verb with object ask for to try to get by using words; request: to ask advice; to ask a favor. 1
  • verb with object ask for to solicit from; request of: Could I ask you a favor? Ask her for advice. 1

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Origin of ask for

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English asken, axen, Old English āscian, āxian; cognate with Old Frisian āskia, Old Saxon ēscon, Old High German eiscōn (German heischen), Sanskrit icchati (he) seeks

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Parts of speech for Ask for


ask for popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for ask for

verb ask for

  • suggest — to mention or introduce (an idea, proposition, plan, etc.) for consideration or possible action: The architect suggested that the building be restored.
  • require — to have need of; need: He requires medical care.
  • request — the act of asking for something to be given or done, especially as a favor or courtesy; solicitation or petition: At his request, they left.
  • involve — to include as a necessary circumstance, condition, or consequence; imply; entail: This job involves long hours and hard work.
  • want — to feel a need or a desire for; wish for: to want one's dinner; always wanting something new.

Antonyms for ask for

verb ask for

  • dislike — to regard with displeasure, antipathy, or aversion: I dislike working. I dislike oysters.
  • have — Usually, haves. an individual or group that has wealth, social position, or other material benefits (contrasted with have-not).
  • deny — When you deny something, you state that it is not true.
  • dodge — to elude or evade by a sudden shift of position or by strategy: to dodge a blow; to dodge a question.
  • ignore — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.

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