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enquire

[en-kwahyuh r] /ɛnˈkwaɪər/
verb (used with or without object), enquired, enquiring.
1.
Related forms
unenquired, adjective
unenquiring, adjective
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  • But we shall now leave them a little, and enquire after the subject of their conversation.

    Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2 Henry Fielding
  • But how this might be it is not at present necessary for us to enquire.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Right;—and enquire for Mr. Frankton, and tell him who it is from.

  • And now let us enquire, what is the faculty in man which answers to imitation.

    The Republic Plato
  • And should we not enquire what sort of knowledge has the power of effecting such a change?

    The Republic Plato
  • We are often told that we should enquire into all things before we accept them;—with what limitations is this true?

    Theaetetus Plato
  • And next, shall we enquire whether the kindred science also concerns us?

    The Republic Plato
  • Suppose now that by the light of the examples just offered we enquire who this imitator is?

    The Republic Plato
  • And therefore I have now to enquire into the qualities of a thing of which I do not as yet know the nature.

    Meno Plato
  • But how, asks Meno, can he enquire either into what he knows or into what he does not know?

    Meno Plato
British Dictionary definitions for enquire

enquire

/ɪnˈkwaɪə/
verb
1.
a variant of inquire
Derived Forms
enquirer, noun
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Word Origin and History for enquire
v.

see inquire. An alternative form mainly used in sense of "to ask a question." Related: enquired; enquiring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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