- 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 inquires
Peter inquires, apparently inquiring if the cop is a good shot.Synagogue Slay: When Cops Have to Kill
December 10, 2014
The Air Force did not respond to inquires about the incident.U.S. Air Force: Swear to God—or Get Out
September 8, 2014
In the meantime, Stockman's spokesman again didn't respond to inquires from The Daily Beast.Grifter Congressman Facing Ethics Investigation
April 25, 2014
The animated actress bops to Frank Ocean and Rihanna, acting remarkably coy when Talley inquires into her Oscars dress.Justin Timberlake’s New Fashion-y Song, Rita Ora and Cara Delevingne’s Racy Shoot
The Fashion Beast Team
January 14, 2013
She is the neighbor that prays for you, bakes for you, inquires about each family member, and always has a ready smile.Send This Hurricane Sandy Victim a Card, Please
December 9, 2012
He inquires about Oswald's home visit and the health of his parents.
Excitedly curious, Paul inquires when and where Miss Randall moved.
Thereupon the mob bursts in and inquires what you are doing for the people.
Thereupon the mob bursts in and inquires, "What are you doing for the people?"
How, he inquires, can we seize the thread of the progress of the human mind?Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 2 of 3)
- 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 inquires
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.