inquire

verb
in·​quire | \ in-ˈkwī(-ə)r How to pronounce inquire (audio) \
inquired; inquiring

Definition of inquire

intransitive verb

1 : to put a question : seek for information by questioning inquired about the horses
2 : to make investigation or inquiry often used with into

transitive verb

1 : to ask about some kindred spirit shall inquire thy fate— Thomas Gray
2 : to search into : investigate
inquire after
: to ask about the health of

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Other Words from inquire

inquirer noun
inquiringly \ in-​ˈkwī-​riŋ-​lē How to pronounce inquiringly (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of inquire in a Sentence

When I inquired, they told me she was not here. We inquired the way to the station. “So, what do you want?” he inquired.
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Baseball fever has caught on so much at Bacon, that prized running back recruit Corey Kiner has even inquired about playing next season. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Roger Bacon baseball tries to make more Spartan history," 4 June 2019 Enter Reg Dwight, inquiring if there might be a Bernie Taupin in the room. Harper's BAZAAR, "Brandi Carlile Pays Homage to Elton John, as Bernie Taupin Recalls First Meeting the Legend," 28 May 2019 Advertising Alvarado threw 26 pitches Friday and pitching coach Kyle Synder inquired Saturday about the availability of the closer, who turns 24 on Tuesday. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Alvarado rebounds, Rays top Yanks 2-1, back into 1st place," 18 May 2019 In a matter of days, Keaton's chaps became the most inquired-about trousers since The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants made us wonder how one pair of jeans could perfectly fit four differently-bodied friends. Glamour, "Diane Keaton Is My Favorite Instagram Fashion Influencer," 24 Apr. 2019 Co-hosting the 10 a.m. hour of Today with friend Hoda Kotb, the two indulged in some wine while Kotb inquired about Clarkson's noticeably thinner frame. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Kelly Clarkson Reveals Thyroid Issue & Discusses 37-Pound Weight Loss on 'Today'," 8 June 2018 And after Sunday night's episode, viewers started inquiring about what the accessory might represent. Glamour, "The Meaning Behind Sansa Stark's Necklace on Game of Thrones," 23 Apr. 2019 The sheriff's department did not immediately respond to Fox News' inquires about the incident. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "California deputy killed, another wounded after shootout with suspect," 18 Sep. 2018 In addition, a handful of cities in Southern California have also inquired about hosting a Canna-Hub. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Cannabis, coworking, and the marijuana-industry land rush," 24 July 2018

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First Known Use of inquire

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for inquire

Middle English enquiren, from Anglo-French enquerre, from Vulgar Latin *inquaerere, alteration of Latin inquirere, from in- + quaerere to seek

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The first known use of inquire was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for inquire

inquire

verb

English Language Learners Definition of inquire

somewhat formal : to ask for information

inquire

verb
in·​quire | \ in-ˈkwīr How to pronounce inquire (audio) \
inquired; inquiring

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.

Other Words from inquire

inquirer noun
inquiringly adverb

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