seeking facts, information, or knowledge: an inquiring mind.
curious; probing; inquisitive in seeking facts: an inquiring reporter.
scrutinizing; questioning: He looked at his father with inquiring eyes.

1595–1605; inquire + -ing2

inquiringly, adverb
noninquiring, adjective
noninquiringly, adverb
uninquiring, adjective Unabridged


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

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. Unabridged
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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
[C13: from Latin inquīrere from in-² + quaerere to seek]
in'quirer or enquire
en'quirer or enquire

inquiring (ɪnˈkwaɪərɪŋ)
seeking or tending to seek answers, information, etc: an inquiring mind

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Word Origin & History

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
Nonetheless everybody knows that the police and the judiciary can eavesdrop as
  they are inquiring into any misdeed.
In school, the danger is that students start identifying thinking and inquiring
  too much with the tools themselves.
To ensure its own survival it has evolved many intellectual traps that protect
  it from the weaker inquiring minds.
Many useful insights lurked in its vertices, awaiting discovery by inquiring
  graduate students.
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