American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To seek information by asking a question: inquired about prices.
- v. To make an inquiry or investigation: inquire into the extent of the corruption.
- v. To ask about.
- v. To ask: "I am free to inquire what a work of art means to me” ( Bernard Berenson). See Synonyms at ask.
- inquire after To ask about the health or condition of.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To search for; seek out; make investigation concerning.
- To ask about (a thing or person); seek knowledge of by asking.
- To call; name.
- To ask of; question.
- Synonyms Ask, Inquire, Question, etc. See ask.
- To seek for knowledge or information; make inquisition or investigation; use means for discovering or learning something.
- To ask for information; seek knowledge of something by asking a question or questions: as, I will inquire about it.
- n. Inquiry; search; investigation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To ask a question; to seek for truth or information by putting queries.
- v. To seek to learn anything by recourse to the proper means of knowledge; to make examination.
- v. To ask about; to seek to know by asking; to make examination or inquiry respecting.
- v. obsolete To call or name.
- v. have a wish or desire to know something
- v. conduct an inquiry or investigation of
- v. inquire about
- 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"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English enquiren, from Old French enquerre, from Vulgar Latin *inquaerere, alteration of Latin inquīrere : in-, into; see in-2 + quaerere, to seek. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Any knowledge that I inquire is from the limited public sources that the APD can't suppress or intimidate.”
“I was instructed to inquire from the German Government as to whether a German submarine had sunk the Sussex.”
My Four Years in Germany
“I was instructed to inquire from the German Government as to whether a German submarine had sunk the _Sussex_.”
“My dear sir – you are the most extraordinary – may I again inquire your reasons?”
“Of what would my sweet cousin inquire?" asked Murray, partaking her agitation.”
“If you doubt my word inquire of Mr Sidney or Lady Mary. ”
“Greeks, we again inquire into the fate of Rome, 58 which had reached, about the close of the sixth century, the lowest period of her depression.”
“That’s entirely up to the producer and calling the producer to inquire is not usually a good idea.”
“To doubt is heresy -- to inquire is to admit that you do not know -- the church does neither.”
“Under the authority of this analogy we may be permitted to inquire, which is the grandest display of the Divine power, — the creation of natural or of spiritual light?”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘inquire’.
On the model of insure/ensure.
"These are talking words," I announce. "You mean verbs that can be used for dialogue?" you ask. "That's right!" I agree.
Words that I like, that I don't use often enough, that are new to me, that friends and family have taught me, and so on.
WHAT WHO WHEN HOW WHY WHERE
Generally, I feel that "they said" is the best way to tag speech in reporting or fiction, but sometimes you want a verb that expresses something about the way a thing is said or shows the attitude ...
Dostoevsky's alternatives for 'said' and spruce-ilious adverbs
from the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation
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