Definition of enquiring in English:



  • 1Showing an interest in learning new things.

    ‘an open, enquiring mind’
    • ‘He had a rare artistic vision and an enquiring scientific mind and does deserve the title as the father of photography!’
    • ‘His quick enquiring mind took him deeper into the subject than the other students around him.’
    • ‘There is a definite relationship between having an enquiring mind and a general suspicion of journalists and reading news intelligently.’
    • ‘Aside from the obvious things such as hard work and passion, business success stems from imagination and an enquiring mind.’
    • ‘It covers current technical topics at a sufficiently deep level to satisfy the educated enquiring mind.’
    • ‘For a soldier who spent most of his life on horseback, Tipu was a man with a keen, enquiring mind and a desire to learn and move ahead.’
    • ‘I started wondering about this some time ago when my delightful and then small children used their enquiring minds to read the UN Declaration of Children's Rights.’
    • ‘Progress requires an enquiring mind and that can't readily exist without the willingness to change with the times if necessary.’
    • ‘They raise so many questions for the enquiring mind…’
    • ‘He had no qualifications except boundless energy, courage, a capacity to take risks and an enquiring mind.’
    • ‘Pupils at the college are encouraged to adopt an active investigational approach to their learning, designed to stimulate an enquiring mind.’
    • ‘Over the years David and his enquiring mind have sought out many new hobbies - some examples being i-ching, handwriting analysis, runes, astronomy and the famous ‘art course’ to name but a few.’
    • ‘His enquiring mind made itself obvious very early on, when he put together the forerunner to AM stereo radio in a crystal set at home, when he was only 11 years old.’
    • ‘Tell all, as enquiring minds want to hear your story.’
    • ‘The next level features the Invention Factory with plenty of interactive games and experiments where enquiring minds will find out about the great inventions of our time.’
    • ‘First we have enquiring open minds, like three year olds, constantly asking.’
    • ‘Hill's sense of humour, enquiring mind and competitive spirit had made him ‘the stuff of legends.’’
    • ‘Perhaps there's an interesting story there for enquiring journalists.’
    inquisitive, curious, interested, questioning, probing, investigative, analytical, analytic, exploring, searching, scrutinizing
    burning with curiosity, dying to know
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    1. 1.1(of a look) suggesting that information is sought.
      ‘he sent her an enquiring glance’
      • ‘At the paybox I would be given enquiring glances as to my appearance, but this was of no concern as I had three pennies in my hand to enter a new world of adventure, escape and make-believe.’
      • ‘Don, however, did not move, and I threw him an enquiring glance.’
      • ‘‘One condition’ spoke Eve suddenly, and he turned an enquiring look on her.’
      • ‘He walked over to help, and the enquiring look she gave him got answered with a wink.’
      • ‘Tash didn't miss the enquiring glance her mother threw her, either.’
      • ‘This solicited a enquiring look from Jeanette and Dave.’
      • ‘He gave her an enquiring look, but she ignored him, and motioned for him to follow her toward the horses.’
      • ‘He nodded as the herald shot an enquiring glance at him.’