- to seek information by questioning; ask: to inquire about a person.
- to make investigation (usually followed by into): to inquire into the incident.
- to seek to learn by asking: to inquire a person's name.
- Obsolete. to seek.
- Obsolete. to question (a person).
- inquire after, to ask about the state of health or condition of: Friends have been calling all morning to inquire after you.
Origin of inquire
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Examples from the Web for inquire
I do not believe we have a current count of fugitives for publication, but will inquire.Cuba Protects America’s Most Wanted
December 18, 2014
Everyone, of course, was too polite to inquire about the embarrassing number of absentees.There’s Only One Way to Beat ISIS: Work With Assad and Iran
Leslie H. Gelb
October 18, 2014
I inquire if I may touch it and find the texture soft and creamy.How to Guest Star in Your Own Life
May 10, 2014
The court will not “inquire into the validity of a religious tenet.”Why Can’t the FDA Fix Outdated Birth Control Labels?
March 22, 2014
But the agency is obligated under the law to inquire about an applicant's activities.IRS Deems Pro-Israel Group ‘Touch and Go’
June 26, 2013
"I have not yet learned what right you have to inquire," replied the misguided maiden.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Hope asked no questions, and hardly felt the impulse to inquire what had happened.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I have desired him to inquire after Lovelace's life and conversation in town.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
"You must inquire of the stewards or of himself," was the constant reply.The Christmas Banquet (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Next day he called at the gate, on horseback, to inquire for mistress.To be Read at Dusk
- to seek information; askshe inquired his age; she inquired about rates of pay
- (foll by of)to ask (a person) for informationI'll inquire of my aunt when she is coming
- (intr often foll by into) to make a search or investigation
Word Origin and History for inquire
late 13c., from Old French enquerre "ask, inquire about" (Modern French enquérir), from Vulgar Latin *inquaerere, from Latin in- "into" (see in- (2)) + quaerere "ask, seek" (see query (v.)). Respelled 14c. on Latin model, but half-Latinized enquire still persists. Related: Inquired; inquiring; inquiringly.