from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To seek information by asking a question.
  • intransitive verb To make an inquiry or investigation.
  • intransitive verb To ask, especially politely or formally: synonym: ask.
  • intransitive verb To ask questions about (something); investigate or analyze.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Inquiry; search; investigation.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To ask about; to seek to know by asking; to make examination or inquiry respecting.
  • transitive verb obsolete To call or name.
  • intransitive verb To ask a question; to seek for truth or information by putting queries.
  • intransitive verb To seek to learn anything by recourse to the proper means of knowledge; to make examination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb US To ask (about something).
  • verb To make an inquiry or an investigation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb have a wish or desire to know something
  • verb conduct an inquiry or investigation of
  • verb inquire about


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English enquiren, from Old French enquerre, from Vulgar Latin *inquaerere, alteration of Latin inquīrere : in-, into; see in– + quaerere, to seek.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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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