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.
- Also enquire.
- in·quir·a·ble, adjective
- in·quir·er, noun
- re·in·quire, verb, re·in·quired, re·in·quir·ing.
- un·in·quired, adjective
- inquirer , inquisitor
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How to use inquire in a sentence
The letter inquired about the agency’s authority to investigate whether these tools discriminate, particularly against those with disabilities.Disability rights advocates are worried about discrimination in AI hiring tools | Sheridan Wall, Hilke Schellmann | July 21, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
After Voice of San Diego inquired, MTS announced it would seek an independent review of its body camera policies.City Attorney’s Hands-Off Approach to Infractions Means Cops Act as Prosecutors | Jesse Marx | July 19, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
They all looked at me with inquiring eyes, offended because I was “biting the hand that fed me.”
That turned into groups I hadn’t worked with previously inquiring about online campaigns, and by April and May, I actually had more demand than I did pre-Covid.How a professional dungeon master keeps his games fun | Luke Winkie | July 9, 2021 | Vox
Medical professionals too have inquired about influencer marketing strategy, she said.Why video conference app Webex is betting big on influencer marketing | Kimeko McCoy | June 30, 2021 | Digiday
I do not believe we have a current count of fugitives for publication, but will inquire.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
I inquire if I may touch it and find the texture soft and creamy.
Their silence leaves conventional physicians to fend for themselves when patients inquire about it.New Research Shows Poorly Understood “Leaky Gut Syndrome” Is Real, May Be the Cause of Several Diseases | Daniela Drake | March 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The court will not “inquire into the validity of a religious tenet.”Why Can’t the FDA Fix Outdated Birth Control Labels? | Tiffany Stanley | March 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I need not inquire whether his dismal behaviour was natural or assumed.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2) | Charles Dickens
Elmer Spiker interrupted to inquire whether the turtles I had seen were "black-legs, red-legs, or yaller-legs."The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
"I am going to New York," he said, not giving me time to inquire into his strange proceeding.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
In continuation of this topic, may I inquire when and where the two following bishops, deprived in 1690, died?
And I shall send my emissaries into the district of Montelimar to inquire into these disturbances you tell of.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for inquire
to seek information; ask: she inquired his age; she inquired about rates of pay
(foll by of) to ask (a person) for information: I'll inquire of my aunt when she is coming
(intr often foll by into) to make a search or investigation
- inquirer or enquirer, noun
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