- 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.
Origin of inquire
Synonyms for inquire
Related Words for inquiredinvestigate, inspect, examine, interrogate, prospect, grill, search, hit, knock, pry, study, probe, question, scrutinize, explore, roast, catechize, sift, query, analyze
Examples from the Web for inquired
Contemporary Examples of inquired
When I inquired, she told me that she hates the fact that in the cafeteria, white students rarely sit with black students.White Folks Can Talk About Race
Roland S. Martin
April 16, 2014
On a whim, he went in and inquired about whether it was on the market.The Great Book of Picasso Returns
February 15, 2014
When I inquired about Sara al Jumaili, an Iraqi friend told me, “We took care of that problem.”Iraq War, 10th Anniversary: The Last Grand Mufti
John Kael Weston
March 21, 2013
Baum inquired about whether Valle had ever actually met or even spoken on the phone with any of those he chatted with online.Cannibal Cop May Be Saved by His Own Words
February 28, 2013
The orator bustled up to him, and drawing him partly aside, inquired “on which side he voted?”The Glorious Fourth
July 4, 2012
Historical Examples of inquired
Burke inquired in desperation before the plaintive outburst.Within the Law
But he inquired in a cavernous, strange tone: “Was he asleep?”The Secret Agent
He inquired whether I was really an American; but I evaded any direct answer.
I now inquired for the Brandywine, but found she had sailed for the Mediterranean.
After sounding me for some time, he inquired if I had any berth.
- 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
Word Origin for inquire
Word Origin and History for inquired
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.