- to pay respects by asking about the health of
- to ask to see (someone)
- to try to get by asking
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Inquire
- inquire after
- inquire for
Origin of Inquire
Middle English enquiren from Old French enquerre from Vulgar Latin inquaerere alteration of Latin inquīrere in- into in–2 quaerere to seek
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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”).
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