request information v. seek an answer.

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I would like to ask you two different meaning of ask. I cannot see any difference between them? Would you like to explain the difference?

1) Request information about [enquire, inquire]

"I asked about their special today"; "He had to ask directions several times";



3) Direct or put; seek an answer to
"ask a question."

http://www.wordwebonline.com/en/ASK

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In ask a question, "ask" is a synonym for pose. It means "to say a question out loud, directed at another person."
 

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In ask a question, "ask" is a synonym for pose. It means "to say a question out loud, directed at another person."

But what is the difference between 1 and 3 ?

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In ask a question, "ask" is a synonym for pose. It means "to say a question out loud, directed at another person."

But from respect of 1, when requesting a question we can say it out load which make 1 the same as 3 then?

And "ask a question" is just example of 3. The comparing is between "request information" and "seek an answer".

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I would like to ask you two different meaning of ask. I cannot see any difference between them? Would you like to explain the difference?

1) Request information about [enquire, inquire]

"I asked about their special today"; "He had to ask directions several times";

3) Direct or put; seek an answer to
"ask a question."

But from respect of 1, when requesting a question we can say it out load which make 1 the same as 3 then?

And "ask a question" is just example of 3. The comparing is between "request information" and "seek an answer".

You can't request a question, you have to ask it. Definition 1 says that you're requesting information about something. Definition 3 says that you are stating something.
 
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