In·quire v. i. [imp. & p. p. Inquired p. pr. & vb. n. Inquiring.] [Written also enquire.]
1. To ask a question; to seek for truth or information by putting queries.
We will call the damsel, and inquire. --Gen. xxiv. 57.
Then David inquired of the Lord yet again. And the Lord answered him. --1 Sam. xxiii. 4.
2. To seek to learn anything by recourse to the proper means of knowledge; to make examination.
Gladly into the ways of God with man. --Miltom.
Note: ☞ This word is followed by of before the person asked; as, to inquire of a neighbor. It is followed by concerning, after, or about, before the subject of inquiry; as, his friends inquired about or concerning his welfare. “Thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.” --Eccl. vii. 10. It is followed by into when search is made for particular knowledge or information; as, to inquire into the cause of a sudden death. It is followed by for or after when a place or person is sought, or something is missing. “Inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus.” --Acts ix. 11.
In·quire, v. t.
1. To ask about; to seek to know by asking; to make examination or inquiry respecting.
Having thus at length inquired the truth concerning law and dispense. --Milton.
And all obey and few inquire his will. --Byron.
2. To call or name. [Obs.]
Syn: -- To ask; question. See Question.
v 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]