- seeking facts, information, or knowledge: an inquiring mind.
- curious; probing; inquisitive in seeking facts: an inquiring reporter.
- scrutinizing; questioning: He looked at his father with inquiring eyes.
Origin of inquiring
- 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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Related Words for inquiringsearching, questioning, interrogative, interested, prying, probing, examining, heuristic, analytical, doubtful, inquisitive, nosy, quizzical, speculative, studious, investigative, Socratic, catechistic, fact-finding, investigatory
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Contemporary Examples of inquiring
A shriek of glee briefly broke out across the Web as inquiring minds tried to deduce who was the lucky lady.My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star
November 12, 2014
She begged their father to contact him, refusing to relent until he sent an inquiring telegram.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death
August 11, 2014
Employers are inquiring about it and brokers and consultants are advocating for it.Hold On to Your Health Care
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May 7, 2014
He tried to coax the distraught girl out of silence, inquiring about her school and family life, but her replies were clipped.How One Sex Abuse Case Tore Apart the Williamsburg Hasidim
August 8, 2013
Now, inquiring minds want to know: what was it like to date Mick Jagger?Carla Bruni Opens Up About Her New Album, Being First Lady, Fashion, and More
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Historical Examples of inquiring
Inquiring for her, he seemed sorry to hear that she had gone on the excursion.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Mr Merdle made a similar reply, and Bishop explained his reason for inquiring.Little Dorrit
I gave a commission to ‘him,’ and I have been inquiring about him.The Uncommercial Traveller
You look at each other and at me with an inquiring astonishment?Freeland
However, we are not now inquiring into the causes of prophetic knowledge.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part I]
Benedict of Spinoza
- seeking or tending to seek answers, information, etcan inquiring mind
- 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 inquiring
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.