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verb (imperative)
  1. ask; inquire (used to introduce or suggest a question).
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  1. a query or question.
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Origin of quaere

1525–35; < Latin, 2nd person singular imperative of quaerere to seek, ask
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Examples from the Web for quaere

Historical Examples

  • Quaere—he wrote his own life which Mr. Ashmole hath and is dedicated to him.

    Brief Lives (Vol. 2 of 2)

    John Aubrey

  • He lies interred in St. Martin's church: quaere if his tombe is erected.

  • And he there made those excellent verses of the Trouper (quaere).

  • He returned into England, October (about the middle) 1684—quaere diem.

  • Quaere if I have inserted his irrigation in the spring showres.

British Dictionary definitions for quaere


  1. a query or question
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  1. ask or inquire: used esp to introduce a question
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Word Origin

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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