Look at this example:
"Did you fix the loose door at home?
"No, I didn't have time. But don't worry, I asked a servant to fix it."
The word ask has several meanings as I read in dictionaries. In most definitions, it's request or demand. Nevertheless, in the above-mentioned case, it's an order (to the servant). Is the word 'ask' used correctly here? Or does told him work better?
If asked is a polite way to demand/request something, what if someone made a blunder and you were telling (asking?) them to correct it in frustration, how would you say that?
Yes sir, it was a blunder and I'm sorry for the loss. I asked/told Tim to correct it earliest. (Note: No request needed).
This also raises the question in my mind: Ask Vs. told! when you demand (not request) something.