[ in-kwahyuhr ]
/ ɪnˈkwaɪər /
verb (used without object), in·quired, in·quir·ing.
to seek information by questioning; ask: to inquire about a person.
to make investigation (usually followed by into): to inquire into the incident.
verb (used with object), in·quired, in·quir·ing.
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.
Words nearby inquire
Origin of inquire
SYNONYMS FOR inquire
1–3 investigate, examine, query. Inquire, ask, question imply that a person addresses another to obtain information. Ask is the general word: to ask what time it is. Inquire is more formal and implies asking about something specific: to inquire about a rumor. To question implies repetition and persistence in asking; it often applies to legal examination or investigation: to question the survivor of an accident. Sometimes it implies doubt: to question a figure, an account.
OTHER WORDS FROM inquirein·quir·a·ble, adjectivein·quir·er, nounre·in·quire, verb, re·in·quired, re·in·quir·ing.un·in·quired, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH inquireinquirer inquisitor
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British Dictionary definitions for inquirable
/ (ɪnˈkwaɪə) /
- 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
Derived forms of inquireinquirer or enquirer, noun
Word Origin for inquire
C13: from Latin inquīrere from in- ² + quaerere to seek
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