from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The making of a request; a petition: as, it may be had for the asking.
  • noun Proclamation or publication in church of banns of marriage. See to ask in church, under ask.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of inquiring or requesting; a petition; solicitation.
  • noun The publishing of banns.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of ask.
  • noun The act or process of posing a question or making a request.
  • noun A request, or petition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the verbal act of requesting


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