WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
in•quire /ɪnˈkwaɪr/USA pronunciation  also enquire,  v.,  -quired, -quir•ing. 
  1. to seek information by questioning;
    ask: [no object]to inquire about a person.[+ object]to inquire a person's name.[used with quotations]"Why are you searching for that planet?'' he inquired.
  2. to make an investigation:[+ into + object]decided to inquire further into the incident.
  3. inquire after, [+ object] to ask about the health of (someone not present):politely inquired after each other's families.
in•quir•er, n. [countable]See -quir-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
in•quire  (in kwīər),USA pronunciation v.,  -quired, -quir•ing. 
  1. to seek information by questioning;
    ask:to inquire about a person.
  2. to make investigation (usually fol. by into):to inquire into the incident.

  1. to seek to learn by asking:to inquire a person's name.
  2. [Obs.]to seek.
  3. [Obs.]to question (a person).
  4. inquire after, to ask about the state of health or condition of:Friends have been calling all morning to inquire after you.
Also,  enquire.  in•quira•ble, adj. 
in•quirer, n. 
  • Latin, as above
  • Old French enquerre
  • Latin inquīrere to seek for (see in-2, query); replacing Middle English enqueren
  • Middle English 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged –3. investigate, examine, query.
      Inquire, ask, question imply that a person addresses another to obtain information.
      Ask is the general word:to ask what time it is.Inquire is more formal and implies asking about something specific:to inquire about a rumor.To
      question implies repetition and persistence in asking;
      it often applies to legal examination or investigation:to question the survivor of an accident.Sometimes it implies doubt:to question a figure, an account.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

inquire, enquire /ɪnˈkwaɪə/ vb
  1. to seek information; ask: she inquired his age, she inquired about rates of pay
  2. (followed by of) to ask (a person) for information: I'll inquire of my aunt when she is coming
  3. (intransitive) often followed by into: to make a search or investigation
Etymology: 13th Century: from Latin inquīrere from in-² + quaerere to seek

inˈquirer, enˈquirer n

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