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1 inquire about; "I asked about their special today"; "He had to ask directions several times" [syn: ask, enquire]
2 have a wish or desire to know something; "He wondered who had built this beautiful church" [syn: wonder, enquire]
3 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" [syn: investigate, enquire]

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Alternative spellings


  • /ɪnˈkwaɪɹ/ /In"kwaIr/ a UK


(intransitive or transitive)
  1. To ask (about something).
  2. To make an inquiry or an investigation.

Usage notes

  • In UK/Commonwealth English, the spelling enquire is more common, with inquire often reserved for official inquests. In the US, both spellings are acceptable, though inquire is favored most often.

Derived terms


to inquire

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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