inquire

[in-kwahyuhr]
verb (used without object), inquired, inquiring.
1.
to seek information by questioning; ask: to inquire about a person.
2.
to make investigation (usually followed by into ): to inquire into the incident.
verb (used with object), inquired, inquiring.
3.
to seek to learn by asking: to inquire a person's name.
4.
Obsolete. to seek.
5.
Obsolete. to question (a person).
Verb phrases
6.
inquire after, to ask about the state of health or condition of: Friends have been calling all morning to inquire after you.
Also, enquire.


Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Latin inquīrere to seek for (see in-2, query); replacing Middle English enqueren < Old French enquerre < Latin, as above

inquirable, adjective
inquirer, noun
reinquire, verb, reinquired, reinquiring.
uninquired, adjective

inquirer, inquisitor.


1–3. 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. To question 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.
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inquire or enquire (ɪnˈkwaɪə)
 
vb (often foll by into)
1.  a.  to seek information; ask: she inquired his age; she inquired about rates of pay
 b.  (foll by of) to ask (a person) for information: I'll inquire of my aunt when she is coming
2.  to make a search or investigation
 
[C13: from Latin inquīrere from in-² + quaerere to seek]
 
enquire or enquire
 
vb
 
[C13: from Latin inquīrere from in-² + quaerere to seek]
 
in'quirer or enquire
 
n
 
en'quirer or enquire
 
n

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inquire
late 13c., from O.Fr. enquerre, from V.L. *inquærere, from L. in- "into" + quærere "ask, seek" (see query). Respelled 14c. on L. model, but half-Latinized enquire still persists.
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Example sentences
He simply inquired why those ideas could never be put into practice without
  violence, poverty, and exploitation.
At every island the first thing he inquired about was gold, taking heart from
  every trace of it he found.
The reader also inquired whether two gecko feet would irreversibly stick
  together.
The reader also inquired as to what doctors recommend astronauts do to
  counteract these effects.
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