verb (inquired; inquiring) Etymology: Middle English enquiren, from Anglo-French enquerre, from Vulgar Latin *inquaerere, alteration of Latin inquirere, from in- + quaerere to seek Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to ask about <
some kindred spirit shall inquire thy fate — Thomas Gray
2. to search into ; investigate intransitive verb 1. to put a question ; seek for information by questioning <
inquired about the horses
2. to make investigation or inquiry — often used with into Synonyms: see askinquirer nouninquiringly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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