1250–1300; Middle English
< Latin inquīrere
to seek for (see in-2
); replacing Middle English enqueren
< Old French enquerre
inquirable, adjectiveinquirer, nounreinquire, verb, reinquired, reinquiring.uninquired, adjective
Can be confused
investigate, examine, query. Inquire, ask, question
imply that a person addresses another to obtain information. Ask
is the general word: to ask what time it is. Inquire
is more formal and implies asking about something specific: to inquire about a rumor.
implies repetition and persistence in asking; it often applies to legal examination or investigation: to question the survivor of an accident.
Sometimes it implies doubt: to question a figure, an account.