1to ask a lot of people the same questions in order to find out what they think about a subject:
18% of the women we polled said their husbands had a drinking problem.
2to get a particular number of votes in an election:
Labour polled just 4% of the vote.
WORD FOCUS: ask WORD FOCUS: ask requestto officially ask for something consultto ask someone for advice demandto ask for something very forcefully nag/pesterto keep asking for something many times, in an annoying way beg/pleadto ask for something in an anxious or urgent way, because you want it very much question/interrogateto ask someone questions - used especially about the police or the army grillinformalto ask someone a lot of difficult questions cross-examineto ask someone questions in court - used about lawyers pollto ask a lot of people for their opinion about something ➔ See alsoask
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.