• "'Can he do this?' Charlie asked."
    "'Can he do this?' Charlie asked."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n asking the verbal act of requesting
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The neighbor's tabby cat asking for food The neighbor's tabby cat asking for food
Question, asking. Neapolitan Question, asking. Neapolitan
He asks folks to step into the stove He asks folks to step into the stove
The Undine queen asks Youri to stay The Undine queen asks Youri to stay

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day
    • Asking The act of inquiring or requesting; a petition; solicitation.
    • Asking The publishing of banns.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If a person were to ask what is the most northern point in the United States, the most Southern point in the United States, and so on, 3 of the 4 compass directions are located in alaska. North East and West
    • n asking The making of a request; a petition: as, it may be had for the asking.
    • n asking Proclamation or publication in church of banns of marriage. See to ask in church, under ask.
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  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “If you don't ask, you don't get.”
  • Robert F. Kennedy
    “Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.”
  • Danish Proverb
    Danish Proverb
    “Better to ask twice than to lose your way once.”
  • Jim Rohn
    “Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don't go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won't laugh at you.”
  • Og Mandino
    “Take the attitude of a student, Never be to big to ask questions, Never know to much to learn something new.”
  • Marquis De Sade
    “Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.”


No questions asked - If something is to be done and no questions asked, then it doesn't matter what methods are used or what rules are broken to ensure that it gets done.
Now I ask you - Used at the end of a story to express disbelief, or in answer to a question to express a mild indignation.


In literature:

I told you I had something to ask; but it's not for your love I'm asking.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
I called the meeting to order, and then asked if any men had any questions to ask.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
The man in the wilderness asked me, How many strawberries grew in the sea?
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
I was asking Mr Judge about them yesterday.
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I was very fond of asking my nurse to sing in old Irish or to teach me Irish words.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
If you manage this, ask me for any present you like as your reward; you shall have what you ask.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
I asked Elizabeth if they was, myself, asked her much as a month ago, and she said no.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
She asked me to ask you if you'd care to have some books.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
I asked gently and sorrowfully: `The Shipping Office, please.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
One day, while the green bird was away, her sisters took it into their heads to visit her, and asked her about her husband.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane

In poetry:

I dread to ask
What quivers on my lips. My heart is free,
But thine?
"The Spagnoletto. Act II" by Emma Lazarus
So Damon to doggie
Says, "How do you do?"
And asks his mamma
If he may not go too.
"Going To See Grandmamma" by Kate Greenaway
The tired turtle,
Fumbling through the wood,
Came, asking hospitably
"If I would?"
"A Ballad of The Kind Little Creatures" by Richard Le Gallienne
Row till the sea-nymphs rise
To ask you why
Rowing you tarry not
To hear them sigh.
"Rowers Chant" by Thomas Sturge Moore
Why?–ask the true heart why
Woman hath been
Ever, where brave men die
Unshrinking seen?
"Woman On The Field Of Battle" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Cease; I ask thee
Not to proffer these excuses,
Since I do not care to have them.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

Leaving your fate to chance—in other words, not asking for your choice of orange liqueurs —is a little like walking into a grocery store and asking for beef.
Vineyarders, do not ask whether the metabolic boot camp wants you, rather ask whether your metabolism wants boot camp.
Back in April, we asked for your help in submitting questions to ask celebrity guests during Neuropathy Week.
From that day on, when Hubby would ask for an omelet for breakfast, Velu would ask, "You want omelet like I make or omelet like Madam makes.".
When people ask me how to lose weight, I ask them if they eat organic foods.
Fairey's eyes widen when he is asked to name a favorite plant, as if he's been asked to choose his favorite child.
It depends who you ask and when you ask them.
Asked to speak to the owner to get their side and ask about the use of the placards , there was no response.
I know when I was little and in school people always asked me what my favorite class was, and I have asked the same question to many of the kids G and the girls know.
Asked it last night, I'll ask it again.
Drive Recklessly ' asks the hard questions that we are afraid to ask.
When asked what a perfect weather day would be most folks always ask for sunny & seventy .
Blake asked us to ask the fans whether they should grow them back.
Any guy who calmly asks for tips to solve the situation from Ask Dog Lady is a prince among men.
Morris said he asked Mack about crime control and Nelson said he asked Mack why he changed the format of today's meeting and barred press from covering it.

In science:

Next we ask when the 0+ state is a global minimum (over all J ).
Two-Body Random Ensembles: From Nuclear Spectra to Random Polynomials
Similarly, it is natural to ask what DLCQ IIA states with other D-branes correspond to in the NCOS language.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
As we have just seen, in the nineteenth century you could get very different estimates for the age of the sun, depending upon whom you asked.
How the sun shines
For this case we ask the question: How long is the typical sequence which a Boolean perceptron can learn perfectly? Up to now there is no analytical solution of Eq.(4) for this scenario, although several experts in this field have tried to solve this problem.
Predicting and generating time series by neural networks: An investigation using statistical physics
Therefore, we must also ask the question as to whether the source is really supernova-related.
Global VLBI Observations of Compact Radio Sources in M82