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inquire

[ in-kwahyuhr ]
/ 瑟n藞kwa瑟r /
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verb (used without object), in路quired, in路quir路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路quired, in路quir路ing.
to seek to learn by asking: to inquire a person's name.
Obsolete. to seek.
Obsolete. to question (a person).
Verb Phrases
inquire after, to ask about the state of health or condition of: Friends have been calling all morning to inquire after you.
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Also enquire.

Origin of inquire

First recorded in 1250鈥1300; Middle English, from Latin inqu墨rere 鈥渢o seek for鈥 (see in-2, query); replacing Middle English enqueren, from Old French enquerre, from Latin, as above

synonym study for inquire

1-3. 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 examinationor investigation: to question the survivor of an accident. Sometimes it implies doubt: to question a figure, an account.

OTHER WORDS FROM inquire

in路quir路a路ble, adjectivein路quir路er, nounre路in路quire, verb, re路in路quired, re路in路quir路ing.un路in路quired, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH inquire

inquirer , inquisitor
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INQUIRE VS. ENQUIRE

What's the difference between聽inquire and聽enquire?

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

Their noun forms鈥inquiry and enquiry鈥攁lso 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 inquire in contexts that are more formal. In the U.S., enquire is rarely used.

Here鈥檚 an example of inquire used correctly in a sentence.

Example: I鈥檓 calling to inquire about the open position.

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

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

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Inquire and enquire have the same meaning.

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British Dictionary definitions for inquire

inquire

enquire

/ (瑟n藞kwa瑟蓹) /

verb
  1. to seek information; askshe inquired his age; she inquired about rates of pay
  2. (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 inquire

inquirer or enquirer, noun

Word Origin for inquire

C13: from Latin inqu墨rere from in- 虏 + quaerere to seek
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