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ask out

Meaning: If you ask somebody out, you ask someone you like to go on a date with you.

Synonym: invite out

For example:

  • ask sb out It took Juan a long to build up the courage to ask Mariella out, but at last he did and she said yes. Juan was so happy he couldn't help smiling.

  • ask sb out for sth If you like her, why don't you ask her out for dinner? The worst that can happen is that she says no or makes an excuse.

Nouns often used as indirect objects with
ask out: on a date, to a restaurant, to a movie, dancing

Quick Quiz:

Hiroko asked Makiko out because he
  1. wanted her to go away
  2. didn't believe what she'd said
  3. wanted to get to know her

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