(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. interrogate, question; inquire; invite; request, demand. See inquiry, barter.
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To inquire]
Syn. request, query, question, inquire, interrogate, examine, cross-examine, demand, make a request, raise a question, pose a question, call for, apply for, file for, angle for, frame a question, require an answer, want to know, catechize, make inquiry, make application, apply to, order, command, requisition, direct, put questions to, institute an inquiry, enjoin, bid, charge, petition, call upon, invite, urge, pray, beg leave, challenge, pry into, probe, scour, investigate, quiz, sound out, draw out, grill*, dun*, put the screws on*, turn the heat on*, put the bite on*, put the bee on*, pump*, give the third degree*, worm out of*; see also question 1 .
Ant. answer*, refute, deny.
2. [To solicit]
Syn. request, entreat, supplicate; see beg 1 .
3. [To expect]
Syn. hope for, claim, demand, charge; see require 2 , value 2 .
4. [To invite]
Syn. propose, suggest, urge, summon; see invite 1 , 2 .
Syn.- ask and the more formal inquire and query usually denote no more than the seeking of an answer or information, but query also often implies doubt as to the correctness of something [ the printer queried the spelling of several words ] ; question and interrogate imply the asking of a series of questions [ to question a witness ] , interrogate adding the further implication of systematic, often extensive, official examination [ to interrogate a prisoner of war ] ; catechize also denotes close questioning, but implies the expectation of certain fixed answers, esp. with reference to religious doctrine; quiz , used esp. in schools, implies a short, selective questioning to test factual knowledge of some subject
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. question query, pose a question, interrogate, quiz.
2. request appeal, solicit, express a desire for.
3. invite summon, request, call upon.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To put a question to (someone): examine, inquire, query, question, quiz. See ASK. 2. To seek an answer to (a question): pose, put, raise. See ASK. 3. To endeavor to obtain (something) by expressing one's needs or desires. Also used with request, seek, solicit. See REQUEST. 4. To have as a need or prerequisite: call for, demand, entail, involve, necessitate, require, take. See NECESSARY, OVER. 5. To request that someone take part in or be present at a particular occasion: bid, invite. See WARN.

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