Definition of inquire
inquiringlyplay \in-ˈkwī-riŋ-lē\ adverb
: to ask about the health of
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 of inquire from the Web
A voicemail left at the hospital inquiring about their condition Friday afternoon wasn’t returned.
Inquire about the program with Nadia DiStefano at 817-275-6551, ext.
When the cousin called Bailey to inquire as to the whereabouts of his Maxima the morning of April 23, Bailey picked him up in another car on Laurel Street, then drove him to Hillside Avenue, according to the warrant.
Last month, China barred Mr. Lee’s wife, Lee Ching-yu, from flying to Beijing to inquire about him.
Deborah Crosby called to inquire regularly about the military’s progress on her father’s case.
Perez said sheriff’s officials did not contact ICE or inquire as to Plascencia’s immigration status, adding that to do so would be against department policy.
Although the commission used geographic diversity as a selection criteria — albeit in a way that's subject to another lawsuit — the commission did not inquire about, nor consider, the racial or ethnic identity of applicants.
The bridges also broke down a fair share of social taboos: in one show, a woman from Boston inquired about Soviet contraception.
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Origin and Etymology 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
INQUIRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inquire for English Language Learners
: to ask for information
INQUIRE Defined for Kids
Definition of inquire for Students
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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