verb (imperative)

ask; inquire (used to introduce or suggest a question).


a query or question.

Nearby words

  1. quadruplicate,
  2. quadruplication,
  3. quadruplicity,
  4. quadrupole,
  5. quads,
  6. quaestor,
  7. quaestorial,
  8. quaff,
  9. quag,
  10. quagga

Origin of quaere

1525–35; < Latin, 2nd person singular imperative of quaerere to seek, ask

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British Dictionary definitions for quaere



a query or question


ask or inquire: used esp to introduce a question

Word Origin for quaere

C16: Latin, imperative of quaerere to inquire

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Word Origin and History for quaere


Latin imperative of quaerere "to ask, inquire" (see query (v.)). Hence "one may ask" (1530s) as an introduction to a question.

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