- Inquire is defined as to look into something, to ask a question or to ask for information.
- 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.
inquire definition by Webster's New World
- to seek information; ask a question or questions
- to carry out an examination or investigation: usually with into
Origin: Middle English enqueren ; from Old French enquerre ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form inquaerere, for Classical Latin inquirere ; from in-, into plush quaerere, to seek
inquire definition by American Heritage Dictionary
also en·quireverb in·quired also en·quired, in·quir·ing also en·quir·ing, in·quires also en·quires verb, intransitive
- 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 about.
- To ask: “I am free to inquire what a work of art means to me” (Bernard Berenson). See Synonyms at ask.
Origin: Middle English enquiren, from Old French enquerre, from Vulgar Latin *inquaerere, alteration of Latin inquīrere : in-, into; see in-2 + quaerere, to seek.
- in·quirˈer noun
- in·quirˈing·ly adverb
inquire - Phrases/Idioms
- to ask to see (someone)
- to try to get by asking