Definition of inquire in English:



  • another term for enquire
    • ‘We inquired about forearm pain experienced during the previous month and lasting at least one day.’
    • ‘It is also believed that Sheffield United had inquired about him earlier in the summer.’
    • ‘As well as inquiring over the future of the hall, town council representatives were told the insurance claim going through should not be affected by the entertainment licence issue.’
    • ‘After a great season or a championship, people start inquiring what the winner will do for an encore.’
    • ‘Last week the campaign group, Highlands and Islands GM Concern, wrote to the Scottish Executive inquiring when the next phase of the statutory consultation on the new regulations would begin.’
    • ‘She returned moments later, empty handed but inquiring: ‘What wine did you order, again?’’
    • ‘This was overlooked by the Greeks who started inquiring into the reasons for the ‘dignified postures’ of Egyptian statues (already Plato commented on this).’
    • ‘He thanked his supporters and the newly-formed Historical Abuse Appeal Panel, which had investigated his case and was inquiring into more than 100 others.’
    • ‘Change is under way, but many who were born in the 1950s and 1960s and are now inquiring about their roots have had a frustrating time.’
    • ‘He's not got a price on his head and he's a valuable member of our squad but people are inquiring.’
    • ‘But a month later, a letter from the same Stepping Hill unit arrived at her home in Bramhall asking why she missed a date at Manchester Royal Infirmary and inquiring if there was ‘a difficulty’.’
    • ‘The Queen has shown a keen interest in the fortunes of the England team, apparently inquiring at a reception at Windsor Castle last month about England captain David Beckham's broken foot.’
    • ‘We rang at noon on the day, inquiring after a table, and were lucky to get one of the few that remained.’
    • ‘Just the treat we deserve, I thought, but on inquiring I was told they had only just come out of the freezer.’
    • ‘We also inquired about types of fat, oil, or margarine used in food preparation and at the table.’
    • ‘The mum-of-two said she had made ‘loads of calls’ chasing jobs, but she was usually asked if she was inquiring on behalf of her husband or brother.’
    • ‘Unable to hear the soft spoken reply he innocently added further insult to injury by inquiring: ‘What column do you write for Bob?’’
    • ‘Even when going about their business, Ugandans will take the time to stop and greet people properly, inquiring after their health and their family - a far cry from the Western culture of ‘no time to chat’.’
    • ‘The last, the one who had inquired about the free squares of carpeting, was the strangest of the three.’
    • ‘A friend had run a marathon for charity and Daniel began inquiring on the internet about it.’


On the difference between inquire and enquire, see enquire


Middle English enquere (later inquere), from Old French enquerre, from a variant of Latin inquirere, based on quaerere seek. The spelling with in-, influenced by Latin, dates from the 15th century.