Definitions for inquireɪnˈkwaɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•quireɪnˈkwaɪər(v.)-quired, -quir•ing.

also enquire

  1. (v.i.)to seek information by questioning; ask:

    to inquire about a person.

  2. to make investigation (usu. fol. by into):

    to inquire into the incident.

  3. (v.t.)to seek to learn by asking:

    to inquire a person's name.

  4. inquire after, to ask about the well-being of (someone not present).

    Category: Verb Phrase

Origin of inquire:

1425–75; late ME < L inquīrere to search out, investigate =in-in-2+quaerere to seek; r. ME enqueren < OF enquerre < ML *inquarere


Princeton's WordNet

  1. ask, inquire, enquire(verb)

    inquire about

    "I asked about their special today"; "He had to ask directions several times"

  2. wonder, inquire, enquire(verb)

    have a wish or desire to know something

    "He wondered who had built this beautiful church"

  3. investigate, inquire, enquire(verb)

    conduct an inquiry or investigation of

    "The district attorney's office investigated reports of possible irregularities"; "inquire into the disappearance of the rich old lady"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. inquire(verb)ɪnˈkwaɪər

    to ask

    I wanted to inquire about the job.; A woman called to inquire whether we were hiring.


  1. inquire(Verb)

    To ask (about something).

  2. inquire(Verb)

    To make an inquiry or an investigation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inquire(verb)

    to ask a question; to seek for truth or information by putting queries

  2. Inquire(verb)

    to seek to learn anything by recourse to the proper means of knoledge; to make examination

  3. Inquire(verb)

    to ask about; to seek to know by asking; to make examination or inquiry respecting

  4. Inquire(verb)

    to call or name


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