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[en-kwahyuh r] /ɛnˈkwaɪər/
verb (used with or without object), enquired, enquiring.
Related forms
unenquired, adjective
unenquiring, adjective Unabridged
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  • Why he wishes the god to be pleased with him, we shall have to enquire hereafter.

  • But how this might be it is not at present necessary for us to enquire.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Let us enquire by what singular series of accidents, such a man crawled to the summit of classical reputation?

  • And now let us enquire, what is the faculty in man which answers to imitation.

    The Republic Plato
  • They set themselves, in fact, to enquire whether authority and tradition should guide men in matters of faith.

    Cambridge Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • And next, shall we enquire whether the kindred science also concerns us?

    The Republic Plato
  • I sprang the fence, and waited in the road to enquire the last news from the metropolis.

  • Suppose now that by the light of the examples just offered we enquire who this imitator is?

    The Republic Plato
  • Now, Trap, you must enquire out a carpenter, and be brisk about the building.

    Wild Oats John O'Keeffe
  • We are often told that we should enquire into all things before we accept them;—with what limitations is this true?

    Theaetetus Plato
British Dictionary definitions for enquire


a variant of inquire
Derived Forms
enquirer, noun
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Word Origin and History for enquire

see inquire. An alternative form mainly used in sense of "to ask a question." Related: enquired; enquiring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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