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inquire

in·quire

inquire

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn kwaIr
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: inquired, inquires, inquiring
definition: to seek to find out or learn.
Her father inquired what future plans the young man had.
synonyms:
ask
similar words:
explore, query, question, quiz, research
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to seek to learn by asking (usu. fol. by of or about).
I'm inquiring about the apartment you advertised in the newspaper.The boss inquired of the reason for her frequent absences.
 
synonyms:
ask
similar words:
check, query, question, research, see
definition 2: to investigate (usu. fol. by into).
The police are inquiring into the death of the famous author.Investigators for the airline are inquiring into the cause of the accident.
synonyms:
investigate
similar words:
check, delve, examine, explore, look, probe, research, study
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The word inquire contains the following part:
quer, ques, quir, quis, quest Latin root that means ask, seek