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Meaning of INQUIRE

Pronunciation:  in'kwIr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  have a wish or desire to know something; "He wondered who had built this beautiful church"
  2. [v]  inquire about; "I asked about their special today"; "He had to ask directions several times"
  3. [v]  conduct an inquiry or investigation of; "The district attorney's office investigated reports of possible irregularities"; "inquire into the disappearance of the rich old lady"

INQUIRE is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: ask, enquire, enquire, investigate, wonder
 See Also: communicate, confer with, consult, intercommunicate, pry, query, question, request, spy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*quire"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Inquired}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Inquiring}.] [OE. enqueren, inqueren, OF. enquerre,
    F. enqu['e]rir, L. inquirere, inquisitum; pref. in- in +
    quarere to seek. See {Quest} a seeking, and cf. {Inquiry}.]
    [Written also {enquire}.]
    1. To ask a question; to seek for truth or information by
       putting queries.
             We will call the damsel, and inquire. --Gen. xxiv.
             Then David inquired of the Lord yet again. And the
             Lord answered him.                    --1 Sam.
                                                   xxiii. 4.
    2. To seek to learn anything by recourse to the proper means
       of knoledge; to make examination.
             And inquire Gladly into the ways of God with man.
    Note: This word is followed by of before the person asked;
          as, to inquire of a neighbor. It is followed by
          concerning, after, or about, before the subject of
          inquiry; as, his friends inquired about or concerning
          his welfare. ``Thou dost not inquire wisely concerning
          this.'' --Eccl. vii. 10. It is followed by into when
          search is made for particular knowledge or information;
          as, to inquire into the cause of a sudden death. It is
          followed by for or after when a place or person is
          sought, or something is missing. ``Inquire in the house
          of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus.'' --Acts ix.
  2. \In*quire"\, v. t.
    1. To ask about; to seek to know by asking; to make
       examination or inquiry respecting.
             Having thus at length inquired the truth concerning
             law and dispense.                     --Milton.
             And all obey and few inquire his will. --Byron.
    2. To call or name. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    Syn: To ask; question. See {Question}.
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