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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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