- in|quireenquire [ınˈkwaıə US -ˈkwaır] v [I and T] formal[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: enquerre, from Latin inquirere, from quaerere 'to look for']to ask someone for information▪ 'Why are you doing that?' the boy inquired.inquire about▪ I am writing to inquire about your advertisement in The Times.inquire whether/why/how etc▪ The waiter inquired whether we would like to sit near the window.inquire sth of sb▪ 'Where's the station?' she inquired of a passer-by.▪ Toby would have liked to inquire further (=ask more questions) .▪ I did not inquire the reason for his lateness.>inquirer ninquire after / [inquire after sb/sth] phr vto ask about someone's health, what they are doing etc▪ He called me aside to inquire after my daughter.inquire into [inquire into sth] phr vto ask questions in order to get more information about something▪ The investigation will inquire into the company's financial dealings.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.