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 Old 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. (US) To ask (about something).
  2. To make an inquiry or an investigation.
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterI:
      "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.

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  • 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.

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Latin[edit]

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inquīre

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of inquīrō

Portuguese[edit]

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inquire

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