inquire

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin inquīrō (to seek for). Displaced Middle English enqueren (from Old French enquerre, of the same source) and native Middle English speir (ask, inquire).

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inquire (third-person singular simple present inquires, present participle inquiring, simple past and past participle inquired) (transitive, intransitive)

  1. (intransitive, US) To ask (about something).
    • 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.
  2. (intransitive) To make an inquiry or an investigation.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To call; to name.
    • (Can we date this quote by Edmund Spenser and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Canute had his portion from the rest, The which he call'd Canutium, for his hire, Now Cantium, which Kent we commonly inquire.

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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. In Australian English, inquire is preferred in all contexts.

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  • frain (dialect or obsolete)

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Latin[edit]

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inquīre

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of inquīrō

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inquire

  1. third-person singular present indicative of inquirir
  2. second-person singular imperative of inquirir