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

Other Words from inquire

inquirer noun
inquiringly \ in-​ˈkwī-​riŋ-​lē How to pronounce inquire (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Interested households can contact their providers to inquire about this discount. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 10 May 2022 Staff were instead asked to inquire about why kids were missing school. Seamus Mcavoy, Hartford Courant, 8 May 2022 People are always stopping my clients to inquire about their hair. Jailynn Taylor, Essence, 27 Apr. 2022 But perhaps the most seamless would be to inquire at the time of booking. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, 6 May 2022 There are many highly creative ways for a job seeker to inquire about a job opportunity. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 But even for those employers who will inquire about your criminal background, many only want to go back for a specified period of time, usually five to seven years. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2022 Many people who saw it fell in love with it, but most were too busy to inquire as to what was to become of it. Paul R. Messinger, The Arizona Republic, 31 Mar. 2022 To order season tickets, inquire about the remaining Fall 2021-Spring 2022 Reciprocity Concerts, and learn about becoming a Portage LIVE!, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Inquire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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