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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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  • By your leave, Witwoud, that were like enquiring after an old fashion, to ask a husband for his wife.

    Dramatic Technique George Pierce Baker
  • I was enquiring if the Hudson was frozen up or not during the winter?

    Diary in America, Series One Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • I was greatly refreshed by this, and emboldened by the fact that no enquiring tentacle followed the noise of my pumping.

    The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells
  • He told me that a suspicious character had been hanging about the hall, enquiring for me.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Miss Jacinta Brown is going across with us to-night, an' she was enquiring kindly after ye.

    For Jacinta Harold Bindloss
  • He lighted a cigarette and looked at her with a faint, enquiring smile.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • On enquiring of the gopal, he pointed to the produce remaining stuck up in the walnut tree.

  • Were we not enquiring whether the second place belonged to pleasure or wisdom?

    Philebus Plato
  • Next day I was in Sydney enquiring about a boat for Brisbane.

    From Chart House to Bush Hut Charles W. L. Bryde
  • He got up, enquiring of his mother if she would swear to come up presently.

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for enquiring


a variant of inquire
Derived Forms
enquirer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for enquiring



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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