verb (used without object), in·quired, in·quir·ing.
verb (used with object), in·quired, in·quir·ing.
- inquire after,
Origin of inquire
Examples from the Web for inquire
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|DAILY BEAST
I inquire if I may touch it and find the texture soft and creamy.
The court will not “inquire into the validity of a religious tenet.”Why Can’t the FDA Fix Outdated Birth Control Labels?|Tiffany Stanley|March 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the agency is obligated under the law to inquire about an applicant's activities.
No one cared too closely to inquire into the sources of wealth.The Chronicles of Newgate, v. 2/2|Arthur Griffiths
The only words he uttered were to inquire about the condition of Mademoiselle Plouernel.
After walking a good distance, we arrived at a gate and lodge, where we stopped to inquire the way.Wilfrid Cumbermede|George MacDonald
Clarence and Martyn walked over to Hillside the first thing the next morning to inquire for the two sisters.Chantry House|Charlotte M. Yonge
Terrified by Josephine's condition, the emperor hurried to Paris, and sent his own physician to inquire after her condition.Queen Hortense|L. Mhlbach
- 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
Word Origin 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.