Definitions for: Inquire


[v] have a wish or desire to know something; "He wondered who had built this beautiful church"
[v] inquire about; "I asked about their special today"; "He had to ask directions several times"
[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"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.
57.

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.
--Miltom.

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.
11.


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.

Synonyms: ask, enquire, enquire, investigate, wonder

See Also: communicate, confer with, consult, intercommunicate, pry, query, question, request, spy

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