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- enquire (chiefly British)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ɪnˈkwaɪɹ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪnˈkwaɪə/
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- Rhymes: -aɪə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: in‧quire
- (US) To ask (about something).
- To make an inquiry or an investigation.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0124:
- "A fine man, that Dunwody, yonder," commented the young captain, as they parted, and as he turned to his prisoner. "We'll see him on in Washington some day. […] A strong man—a strong one; and a heedless." ¶ "Of what party is he?" she inquired, as though casually.
- (obsolete) To call; to name.
- Canute had his portion from the rest, The which he call'd Canutium, for his hire, Now Cantium, which Kent we commonly inquire.
- 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.
- frain (dialect or obsolete)
to ask about something