From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishask after somebody phrasal verb British Englishif you ask after someone, you want to know whether they are well, what they are doing etcI spoke to James today. He was asking after you. →ask→ See Verb table
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ask after • I asked after a time, startled to discover we were alone.• He had his tea, with sugar and milk, and then asked after a while if he could have-some more.• Alice asked after her daughter, Mungo's mother, and complained about the price of bread.• She says that Siobhan will not stop asking after her Marks and Spencer coat, which was abandoned in the wreck.• Agnes asked after Kathleen's health.• As we climbed, I asked after Rozanov's wife, Sonia, and Sasha his son.• To begin with he asked after the whereabouts of each missing man.• Dooley asks after you, as do Emma and Puny.