- An example of inquire is when you ask what time it is.
- An example of inquire is when scientists study the truth behind global warming.
intransitive verb-·quired′, -·quir′ing
- to seek information; ask a question or questions
- to carry out an examination or investigation: usually with into
Origin of inquireMiddle English enqueren from Old French enquerre from Vulgar Latin an unverified form inquaerere, for Classical Latin inquirere from in-, into + quaerere, to seek
- to ask to see (someone)
- to try to get by asking
verbin·quired, in·quir·ing, in·quires
- To seek information by asking a question: inquired about prices.
- To make an inquiry or investigation: inquire into the extent of the corruption.
- To ask, especially politely or formally: The host inquired why we were leaving so soon. See Synonyms at ask.
- To ask questions about (something); investigate or analyze: economists inquiring whether markets behave differently during a recession.
Origin of inquireMiddle English enquiren from Old French enquerre from Vulgar Latin inquaerere alteration of Latin inquīrere in- into ; see in- 2. quaerere to seek
(third-person singular simple present inquires, present participle inquiring, simple past and past participle inquired) (intransitive or transitive)
From Latin inquīrō (“to seek for”). Displaced Middle English enqueren (from Old French enquerre, of the same source) and native Old English speir (“ask, inquire”).