quaere

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin quaere, second-person singular present active imperative of quaerō (seek, look for; ask).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

quaere

  1. (archaic) To ask or query; used imperatively to introduce a question or signify doubt.
    • 1970, Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander:
      Now, she cannot express her emotions fully: Quaere: will she feel them fully?

Noun[edit]

quaere (plural quaeres)

  1. (archaic) A question or query.
    • 1761, Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, volume 3 (Penguin 2003, page #216):
      Had ten dozen of hornets stung him behind in so many places all at one time,—he could not have [...] started half so much, as with one single quære of three words unseasonably popping in full upon him.

References[edit]

  • 1902: Websters International Dictionary.
  • 1984: Concise Oxford.
  • quaere” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

quaere

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of quaerō