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From in ‎(in, at, on; into) + quaerō ‎(seek, look for).



inquīrō ‎(present infinitive inquīrere, perfect active inquīsīvī, supine inquīsītum); third conjugation

  1. I seek after, search for, inquire into something; investigate; pry, examine.
  2. (law) I search for grounds of accusation against someone.


   Conjugation of inquiro (third conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present inquīrō inquīris inquīrit inquīrimus inquīritis inquīrunt
imperfect inquīrēbam inquīrēbās inquīrēbat inquīrēbāmus inquīrēbātis inquīrēbant
future inquīram inquīrēs inquīret inquīrēmus inquīrētis inquīrent
perfect inquīsīvī inquīsīvistī inquīsīvit inquīsīvimus inquīsīvistis inquīsīvērunt, inquīsīvēre
pluperfect inquīsīveram inquīsīverās inquīsīverat inquīsīverāmus inquīsīverātis inquīsīverant
future perfect inquīsīverō inquīsīveris inquīsīverit inquīsīverimus inquīsīveritis inquīsīverint
passive present inquīror inquīreris, inquīrere inquīritur inquīrimur inquīriminī inquīruntur
imperfect inquīrēbar inquīrēbāris, inquīrēbāre inquīrēbātur inquīrēbāmur inquīrēbāminī inquīrēbantur
future inquīrar inquīrēris, inquīrēre inquīrētur inquīrēmur inquīrēminī inquīrentur
perfect inquīsītus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect inquīsītus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect inquīsītus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present inquīram inquīrās inquīrat inquīrāmus inquīrātis inquīrant
imperfect inquīrerem inquīrerēs inquīreret inquīrerēmus inquīrerētis inquīrerent
perfect inquīsīverim inquīsīverīs inquīsīverit inquīsīverīmus inquīsīverītis inquīsīverint
pluperfect inquīsīvissem inquīsīvissēs inquīsīvisset inquīsīvissēmus inquīsīvissētis inquīsīvissent
passive present inquīrar inquīrāris, inquīrāre inquīrātur inquīrāmur inquīrāminī inquīrantur
imperfect inquīrerer inquīrerēris, inquīrerēre inquīrerētur inquīrerēmur inquīrerēminī inquīrerentur
perfect inquīsītus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect inquīsītus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present inquīre inquīrite
future inquīritō inquīritō inquīritōte inquīruntō
passive present inquīrere inquīriminī
future inquīritor inquīritor inquīruntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives inquīrere inquīsīvisse inquīsītūrus esse inquīrī inquīsītus esse inquīsītum īrī
participles inquīrēns inquīsītūrus inquīsītus inquīrendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
inquīrere inquīrendī inquīrendō inquīrendum inquīsītum inquīsītū

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  • inquiro” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.




  1. first-person singular present indicative of inquirir