Definition of quaere in English:

quaere

verb

rare, archaic
  • with object To query; to question. Frequently with whether.

exclamation

rare, archaic
  • Introducing a question or subject of enquiry: ask, inquire, query; ‘one may ask’, ‘it is a question’ (whether, etc.).

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Sclater. From quaere. Compare earlier quaere, queer<br>mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Phaer (?1510–1560), translator and physician. From classical Latin quaere, imperative singular of quaerere (in post-classical Latin also querere) to ask, inquire. For later spellings of the word see query and discussion at that entry. Perhaps compare also quary.

Pronunciation

quaere

/ˈkwɪəri/