enquire

You might enquire, or ask about, the difference between the words enquire and "inquire." Good question. The answer is, not much. They are the same word with different spellings. Typically the British prefer the "e" version, but both are correct.

When you enquire about something, you are asking a question. This can come in many forms. Sometimes when you enquire, you are doing an investigation of a crime or an unsolved mystery. The National Enquirer is a tabloid that investigates celebrity gossip. But enquiring doesn't always have to be so dramatic. You could just be enquiring about the time.

Definitions of enquire
1

v have a wish or desire to know something

Synonyms:
inquire, wonder
Types:
request
inquire for (information)
seek
inquire for
Type of:
query, question
pose a question

v inquire about

Synonyms:
ask, inquire
ask
direct or put; seek an answer to
ask
address a question to and expect an answer from
Types:
pry
be nosey
confer with, consult
get or ask advice from
Type of:
communicate, intercommunicate
transmit thoughts or feelings

v conduct an inquiry or investigation of

Synonyms:
inquire, investigate
Types:
spy
secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage
Type of:
examine, probe
question or examine thoroughly and closely

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