- 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
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Examples from the Web for inquirer
In an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, her boyfriend, Jason Anderson, said Craig-Lewis was “all consumed” by her job.The Mystery Death Of A Female Firefighter
December 13, 2014
So I did a few dozen shows, though I continued to work at the Inquirer until the end of the 1999 season.
Jayson, how did you move to ESPN from The Philadelphia Inquirer?
The issue never appeared in Philadelphia Inquirer or Daily News accounts of the race.Why Obama’s Gay Marriage Stance Won’t Much Matter in November
May 12, 2012
His writing has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Christian Science Monitor, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Huffington Post.Defying Commmon Sense (and Gladwell)
April 14, 2011
In the Village of the Wind a young girl became known as an inquirer.Things as They Are
There were two or three characters in the 'Inquirer' office whom he did not forget.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
The only reply is—the faith of the present critic or inquirer.Personality in Literature
Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
Jerry was silent, as he stood gazing wistfully at the inquirer.The Queen's Scarlet
George Manville Fenn
He advises an inquirer what to do when menaced by religious persecutions.Jewish Literature and Other Essays
- 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 and History for inquirer
1560s, "one who inquires," agent noun from 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.