1. a query or question.

Origin of quaere

1525–35; < Latin, 2nd person singular imperative of quaerere to seek, ask
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  1. a query or question
  1. 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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