Everyone, of course, was too polite to inquire about the embarrassing number of absentees.
Hall asked his staff to inquire whether Haggis would be interested in resuming work.
If there was any sort of problem, he would call and inquire about it.
late 13c., from Old French enquerre "ask, inquire about" (Modern French enquérir), from Vulgar Latin *inquaerere, from Latin in- "into" (see in- (2)) + quaerere "ask, seek" (see query (v.)). Respelled 14c. on Latin model, but half-Latinized enquire still persists. Related: Inquired; inquiring; inquiringly.