inquire

The verb inquire means "to ask for information." If you wonder about how the world began, you inquire about its origin.

Inquire comes from the Latin combination of words in, meaning "into" and quærere, meaning "ask, seek." When you inquire, you look into something. You might ask a question, like inquiring if the bakery is hiring any cake decorators. Inquire can also mean "to conduct an investigation." No matter how you do it, when you inquire, you seek answers.

Definitions of inquire
  1. verb
    conduct an inquiry or investigation of
    inquire into the disappearance of the rich old lady”
    synonyms: enquire, investigate
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    types:
    spy
    secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage
    type of:
    examine, probe
    question or examine thoroughly and closely
  2. verb
    have a wish or desire to know something
    synonyms: enquire, wonder
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    types:
    request
    inquire for (information)
    seek
    inquire for
    type of:
    query, question
    pose a question
  3. verb
    inquire about
    synonyms: ask, enquire
    ask
    direct or put; seek an answer to
    ask
    address a question to and expect an answer from
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    types:
    pry
    be nosey
    confer with, consult
    get or ask advice from
    type of:
    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
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