# inquire about; "I asked about their special today"; "He had to ask directions several times"
# make a request or demand for something to somebody; "She asked him for a loan"
# direct or put; seek an answer to; "ask a question"
# consider obligatory; request and expect; "We require our secretary to be on time"; "Aren't we asking too much of these children?"; "I expect my students to arrive in time for their lessons"