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inquire

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verb in·quire \in-ˈkwī(-ə)r\

Simple Definition of inquire

  • : to ask for information

Full Definition of inquire

in·quiredin·quir·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to ask about <some kindred spirit shall inquire thy fate — Thomas Gray>

  3. 2 :  to search into :  investigate

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to put a question :  seek for information by questioning <inquired about the horses>

  6. 2 :  to make investigation or inquiry —often used with into

in·quir·er noun
in·quir·ing·ly play \-ˈkwī-riŋ-lē\ adverb
inquire after
  1. :  to ask about the health of

Examples of inquire

  1. When I inquired, they told me she was not here.

  2. We inquired the way to the station.

  3. 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, question, interrogate, query, inquire mean to address a person in order to gain information. ask implies no more than the putting of a question <ask for directions>. question usually suggests the asking of series of questions <questioned them about every detail of the trip>. interrogate suggests formal or official systematic questioning <the prosecutor interrogated the witness all day>. query implies a desire for authoritative information or confirmation <queried a librarian about the book>. inquire implies a searching for facts or for truth often specifically by asking questions <began to inquire of friends and teachers what career she should pursue>.

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>.



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