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[en-kwahyuh r] /ɛnˈkwaɪər/
verb (used with or without object), enquired, enquiring.
Related forms
unenquired, adjective
unenquiring, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for enquiring
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  • He told me that a suspicious character had been hanging about the hall, enquiring for me.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • And yet this would hardly be matter to satisfy your enquiring mind.

    The Lyric John Drinkwater
  • He lighted a cigarette and looked at her with a faint, enquiring smile.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • Were we not enquiring whether the second place belonged to pleasure or wisdom?

    Philebus Plato
  • He got up, enquiring of his mother if she would swear to come up presently.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • She only bowed to Charles, enquiring from me whether he was likewise a clerk.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • There was no room for any doubt before that stern and enquiring gaze.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • He remained with her about an hour, then after enquiring if he could be of any service to her, he took his leave.

    Isabel Leicester Clotilda Jennings
  • About womenfolk we are neither so enquiring nor so particular.

    A Poor Man's House

    Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  • I was enquiring if the Hudson was frozen up or not during the winter?

    Diary in America, Series One Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
British Dictionary definitions for enquiring


a variant of inquire
Derived Forms
enquirer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for enquiring



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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