- 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.
intransitive verbinquired, inquiring
- 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)
- In British English, the spelling enquire is more common, with inquire often reserved for official inquests. In Canada and the US, both spellings are acceptable, though inquire is favored.