Simple Definition of inquire
: to ask for information
Full Definition of inquire
: to ask about the health of
Examples of inquire
When I inquired, they told me she was not here.
We inquired the way to the station.
“So, what do you want?” he inquired.
Origin of inquire
Middle English enquiren, from Anglo-French enquerre, from Vulgar Latin *inquaerere, alteration of Latin inquirere, from in- + quaerere to seek
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of inquire
ask, request, solicit mean to seek to obtain by making one's wants known. ask implies no more than the statement of the desire <ask a favor of a friend>. request implies greater formality and courtesy <requests the pleasure of your company>. solicit suggests a calling attention to one's wants or desires by public announcement or advertisement <a letter soliciting information>.
INQUIRE Defined for Kids
Definition of inquire
1 : to ask or ask about <I inquired about the schedule.>
2 : to make an investigation <The committee inquired into the matter.>
3 : to ask a question <“Can I help you?” she inquired.>
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