Definition of enquire in English:



  • another term for inquire
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is also believed that Sheffield United had inquired about him earlier in the summer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We also inquired about types of fat, oil, or margarine used in food preparation and at the table.’
    • ‘She returned moments later, empty handed but inquiring: ‘What wine did you order, again?’’
    • ‘The last, the one who had inquired about the free squares of carpeting, was the strangest of the three.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just the treat we deserve, I thought, but on inquiring I was told they had only just come out of the freezer.’
    • ‘This was overlooked by the Greeks who started inquiring into the reasons for the ‘dignified postures’ of Egyptian statues (already Plato commented on this).’
    • ‘We inquired about forearm pain experienced during the previous month and lasting at least one day.’
    • ‘A friend had run a marathon for charity and Daniel began inquiring on the internet about it.’
    • ‘After a great season or a championship, people start inquiring what the winner will do for an encore.’
    • ‘Unable to hear the soft spoken reply he innocently added further insult to injury by inquiring: ‘What column do you write for Bob?’’


Middle English enquere, from Old French enquerre, based on Latin inquirere (based on quaerere ‘seek’).