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enquire

[ en-kwahyuhr ]
/ ɛnˈkwaɪər /
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verb (used with or without object), en·quired, en·quir·ing.
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OTHER WORDS FROM enquire

un·en·quired, adjectiveun·en·quir·ing, adjective
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ENQUIRE VS. INQUIRE

What's the difference between enquire and inquire?

Enquire and inquire mean the same thing: to ask, to seek information, or to investigate. Enquire is a less common variant of inquire.

Their noun forms—enquiry and inquiry—also have the same meanings: a question, an investigation, a request for information, or the process of seeking information.

Both inquire and enquire are somewhat formal. Some speakers of British English may use both words, preferring enquire in contexts that are less formal. In the U.S., enquire is rarely used.

Here’s an example of enquire used correctly in a sentence.

Example: I’m calling to enquire about the open position.

Inquire could be used in this sentence in the same exact way.

Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between enquire and inquire.

Quiz yourself on enquire vs. inquire!

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Enquire and inquire have the same meaning.

How to use enquire in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for enquire

enquire
/ (ɪnˈkwaɪə) /

verb
a variant of inquire

Derived forms of enquire

enquirer, noun
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