- 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 inquirersdetective, spy, attorney, gumshoe, quester, examiner, researcher, investigator, inquisitor, agent, police, sleuth, snooper, auditor, reviewer, inspector, hound, analyst, tester, prosecutor
Examples from the Web for inquirers
Historical Examples of inquirers
Most inquirers are chiefly interested in the morals—or immorals—of these nomads.The Gypsies
Charles G. Leland
Next evening saw the two inquirers back at their hotel in Hull.The Pit Prop Syndicate
Freeman Wills Crofts
It was not long before people were giving their names as inquirers.Have We No Rights?
It was best to assume they were a penitent band of inquirers for the truth.A Voice in the Wilderness
Grace Livingston Hill
Names and addresses of correspondents will not be given to inquirers.
- 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 inquirers
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.