Is it correct to say I'm asking a friend of mine out (we're both heterosexual and male) when the purpose is just to meet him and talk?
Thefreedictionary.com defines "ask out" as:
to invite (someone) to a social engagement.
Which seems to to mean it's correct to say that.
On the other hand, MacMillan Dictionary defines as:
to invite someone to go with you to a cinema, restaurant etc because you want to start a romantic or sexual relationship with them
So which is correct?
Edit: And if "ask out" necessarily means romance, then what wording to use that doesn't have that connotation?