verb (used without object), in·quired, in·quir·ing.
verb (used with object), in·quired, in·quir·ing.
Origin of inquire
Synonyms for inquire
- 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.
Ask about the health or condition of someone or something. For example, She was inquiring after you in particular. [c. 1600]