What does inquire mean?

Definitions for inquireɪnˈkwaɪər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word inquire.

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"


  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

  5. Origin: [OE. enqueren, inqueren, OF. enquerre, F. enqurir, L. inquirere, inquisitum; pref. in- in + quarere to seek. See Quest a seeking, and cf. Inquiry.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inquire

    in-kwīr′, v.i. to ask a question: to make an investigation.—v.t. to ask about: to make an examination regarding: (Spens.) to call.—n. (Shak.) a seeking for information.—ns. Inquirā′tion (Dickens), inquiry; Inquiren′do (law), an authority to inquire; Inquir′er.—adj. Inquir′ing, given to inquiry.—adv. Inquir′ingly.—n. Inquir′y, act of inquiring: search for knowledge: investigation; a question.—Writ of inquiry, a writ appointing an inquest. [Fr.,—L. inquirĕrein, in, quærĕre, quæsitum, to seek.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inquire in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inquire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michel Eyquem de Montaigne:

    We are born to inquire into truth it belongs to a greater to possess it.

  2. Vikrant Parsai:

    When you go to fetch water and do not return, they do not inquire about the pot.

  3. Arabic Proverb:

    Inquire about your neighbour before you build, and about your companions before you travel.

  4. Francis M. Faber Jr.:

    Hayward Christian Beach was heard to inquire; "How many knuckles appear on a 'knucklehead'?

  5. Thornton:

    My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate--that's my philosophy.

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