What does inquire mean?

Definitions for inquire
ɪnˈkwaɪərin·quire

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ask, inquire, enquireverb

    inquire about

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

  2. wonder, inquire, enquireverb

    have a wish or desire to know something

    "He wondered who had built this beautiful church"

  3. investigate, inquire, enquireverb

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. inquireverb

    To ask (about something).

  2. inquireverb

    To make an inquiry or an investigation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inquireverb

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

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

  2. Inquireverb

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

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

  3. Inquireverb

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

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

  4. Inquireverb

    to call or name

    Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. inquire

    A desire to know.

    They did inquire about their neighbours as they cared.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

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Numerology

  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

Examples of inquire in a Sentence

  1. Giovanni Boccaccio, Leitch, Vincent B. ed. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. New York: Norton, 2001.:

    You must read, you must persevere, you must sit up nights, you must inquire, and exert the utmost power of your mind. If one way does not lead to the desired meaning, take another; if obstacles arise, then still another; until, if your strength holds out, you will find that clear which at first looked dark.

  2. President Thomas Bach:

    I don't know about the detailed allegations, which athletes, which competitions are affected, i had the conversation with the WADA president this morning ... and agreed WADA is our competent center for the fight against doping. They will inquire.

  3. Elijah Cummings:

    The chairman asked me back in September to inquire as to whether Secretary Clinton would testify, she immediately said she would and that she wanted to come in December, but if December did not work, she would come in January. She said I'll do it, period. The fact is she was very clear. She did not hesitate for one second.

  4. Justice Antonin Scalia:

    Sometimes people come up to me and inquire, 'Justice Scalia, when did you first become an originalist?' As though it's some weird affliction, you know, 'When did you start eating human flesh?'.

  5. Michel Eyquem de Montaigne:

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

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