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[en-kwahyuh r] /ɛnˈkwaɪər/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), enquired, enquiring.
Related forms
unenquired, adjective
unenquiring, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for enquire
  • Complications ensue when a couple arrives to enquire about renting the house.
  • If anyone wants to enquire further you can tell them your level at that point.
  • As people come to the house to enquire and offer their services, he gives them commissions the occasion requires.
British Dictionary definitions for enquire


a variant of inquire
Derived Forms
enquirer, noun


  1. to seek information; ask: she inquired his age, she inquired about rates of pay
  2. (foll by of) to ask (a person) for information: I'll inquire of my aunt when she is coming
(intransitive) often foll by into. to make a search or investigation
Derived Forms
inquirer, enquirer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Latin inquīrere from in-² + quaerere to seek
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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.

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