inquire

  • 1 inquire — in‧quire [ɪnˈkwaɪə ǁ ˈkwaɪr] also enquire verb [intransitive] 1. to ask someone for information: inquire about • Hundreds of prospective buyers have inquired about the auction. inquire whether/​ when/​why etc …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 Inquire — In*quire , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Inquired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inquiring}.] [OE. enqueren, inqueren, OF. enquerre, F. enqu[ e]rir, L. inquirere, inquisitum; pref. in in + quarere to seek. See {Quest} a seeking, and cf. {Inquiry}.] [Written also… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 inquire — [in kwīr′] vi. inquired, inquiring [ME enqueren < OFr enquerre < VL * inquaerere, for L inquirere < in , into + quaerere, to seek] 1. to seek information; ask a question or questions 2. to carry out an examination or investigation:… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Inquire — In*quire , v. t. 1. To ask about; to seek to know by asking; to make examination or inquiry respecting. [1913 Webster] Having thus at length inquired the truth concerning law and dispense. Milton. [1913 Webster] And all obey and few inquire his… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 inquire — (v.) late 13c., from O.Fr. enquerre ask, inquire about (Mod.Fr. enquérir), from V.L. *inquaerere, from L. in into (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + quaerere ask, seek (see QUERY (Cf. query)). Respelled 14c. on Latin model, but half Latinized enquire stil …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 inquire — I verb ask, catechize, conduct research, cross examine, delve into, examine, explore, interrogate, investigate, look into, probe, propose a question, pry into, pursue, query, question, quiz, research, scrutinize, search, search into, seek… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 inquire of — index consult (seek information from), cross examine Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 inquire re — index examine (interrogate) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 inquire — query, question, *ask, interrogate, catechize, quiz, examine Contrasted words: reply, *answer, respond, rejoin, retort …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 inquire — [v] ask; look into analyze, catechize, examine, explore, feel out, go over, grill, hit, hit up, inspect, interrogate, investigate, knock, probe, prospect, pry, query, question, request information, roast, scrutinize, search, seek, seek… …

    New thesaurus

  • 11 inquire — in|quire enquire [ınˈkwaıə US ˈkwaır] v [I and T] formal [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: enquerre, from Latin inquirere, from quaerere to look for ] to ask someone for information ▪ Why are you doing that? the boy inquired. inquire about… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 inquire */ — UK [ɪnˈkwaɪə(r)] / US [ɪnˈkwaɪr] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms inquire : present tense I/you/we/they inquire he/she/it inquires present participle inquiring past tense inquired past participle inquired to ask someone for information… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 inquire — especially BrE enquire verb (I, T) verb (I, T) 1 to ask someone for information: “Are you getting married?” the television interviewer inquired. (+ about): I am writing to inquire about your advertisement in The Times. | inquire whether/why/how… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 inquire — inquirable, adj. inquirer, n. /in kwuyeur /, v., inquired, inquiring. v.i. 1. to seek information by questioning; ask: to inquire about a person. 2. to make investigation (usually fol. by into): to inquire into the incident. v.t. 3. to seek to… …

    Universalium

  • 15 inquire — in|quire [ ın kwaır ] verb intransitive or transitive * to ask someone for information about something: inquire about: Why don t you telephone the theater and inquire about tickets? inquire whether/why/when etc.: I am writing to inquire whether… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 inquire — 01. The new boss [inquired] why I was late so often, and I explained that I am a single mom, and sometimes have to look after my kids in the morning. 02. Someone phoned today to [inquire] about our car for sale. 03. The businessman stopped at the …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 17 inquire — [[t]ɪnkwa͟ɪ͟ə(r)[/t]] inquires, inquiring, inquired also enquire 1) VERB If you inquire about something, you ask for information about it. [FORMAL] [V with quote] Is something wrong? he enquired... [V of n with …

    English dictionary

  • 18 inquire of — in ˈquire of [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they inquire of he/she/it inquires of present participle inquiring of past tense inquired of …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 inquire — in•quire [[t]ɪnˈkwaɪər[/t]] also enquire v. quired, quir•ing 1) to seek information by questioning; ask: to inquire about a person[/ex] 2) to make investigation (usu. fol. by into): to inquire into the incident[/ex] 3) to seek to learn by asking …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 inquire — v. 1) (D; intr.) to inquire about, after; into 2) (Q) he inquired where we were to meet USAGE NOTE: In BE, the spelling enquire is also used we enquired about her health. * * * [ɪn kwaɪə] after into (D; intr.) to inquire about (Q) he inquired… …

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