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  • verb Present participle of enquire.
  • noun Action of the verb to enquire.
  • adjective Curious, inquisitive or investigative.


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  • On enquiring from the Chinese writer attached to the Consulate, the man assured me that the story was quite true and that I could easily see for myself.

    China and the Chinese

  • A man, in enquiring into God's ways, should at the outset presume they are all just, be willing to find them so, and expect that the result of investigation will prove them to be so; such a one will never be disappointed [Barnes].

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Shall I paint the leisure hours of a boarding-school, where every one is taught to become the tyrant, by being treated as the slave? our time will be better employed in enquiring how far such an education is consonant with the prudence supposed to recommend it.

    Letter 177

  • Well, he drew a chair close to mine; and, after again enquiring how I did, said, in a low voice, You will pardon me, Miss Anville, if the eagerness I feel to vindicate myself, induces me to snatch this opportunity of making sincere acknowledgments for the impertinence with which I tormented you at the last ridotto.

    Evelina: or, The History of a Young Lady's Entrance Into the World

  • We need not be curious in enquiring whence this fire, and fish, and bread, came, any more than whence the meat came which the ravens brought to Elijah.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • Some take it for a scornful question, blaming her for making such ado about him: Why shouldst thou be so passionate in enquiring after thy beloved, more than others are after theirs?

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • My initial phone call enquiring about whether Curatola sits on the Medical Center board, and, if so, whether his remarks on Huckabee's show reflect the opinion of the board, was met with courtesy but apparent unease.

    News Hounds

  • And sometimes the extraordinary zeal of one, in enquiring after Christ, may be a means to provoke many (2 Cor. ix.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • Mr. Millar was rejoiced that he had done a charitable action, and Lady Egerton and Honoria were secretly happy in the idea of enquiring further into the story, and contributing to the future relief of this apparently unfortunate young couple.

    Honoria Sommerville

  • Not only did they receive calls enquiring about the service but also calls to have the fake ad's stopped.

    Irish Blogs


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