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 for asking
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ask \Ask\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Asked; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Asking.] [OE. asken, ashen, axien, AS. [=a]scian,
     [=a]csian; akin to OS. [=e]sc[=o]n, OHG. eisc[=o]n, Sw.
     [=a]ska, Dan. [ae]ske, D. eischen, G. heischen, Lith.
     j["e]sk['o]ti, OSlav. iskati to seek, Skr. ish to desire.
     [root]5.]
     1. To request; to seek to obtain by words; to petition; to
        solicit; -- often with of, in the sense of from, before
        the person addressed.
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              Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God.    --Judg. xviii.
                                                    5.
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              If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye
              shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto
              you.                                  --John xv. 7.
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     2. To require, demand, claim, or expect, whether by way of
        remuneration or return, or as a matter of necessity; as,
        what price do you ask?
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              Ask me never so much dowry.           --Gen. xxxiv.
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              To whom men have committed much, of him they will
              ask the more.                         --Luke xii.
                                                    48.
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              An exigence of state asks a much longer time to
              conduct a design to maturity.         --Addison.
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     3. To interrogate or inquire of or concerning; to put a
        question to or about; to question.
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              He is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
                                                    --John ix. 21.
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              He asked the way to Chester.          --Shak.
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     4. To invite; as, to ask one to an entertainment.
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     5. To publish in church for marriage; -- said of both the
        banns and the persons. --Fuller.
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     Syn: To beg; request; seek; petition; solicit; entreat;
          beseech; implore; crave; require; demand; claim;
          exhibit; inquire; interrogate. See Beg.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Asking \Ask"ing\, n.
     1. The act of inquiring or requesting; a petition;
        solicitation. --Longfellow.
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     2. The publishing of banns.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  asking
      n 1: the verbal act of requesting [syn: request, asking]

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