• "'Does Miss Everard live here?' he inquired."
    "'Does Miss Everard live here?' he inquired."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v inquire have a wish or desire to know something "He wondered who had built this beautiful church"
    • v inquire inquire about "I asked about their special today","He had to ask directions several times"
    • v inquire 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inquire To ask a question; to seek for truth or information by putting queries. "We will call the damsel, and inquire .""Then David inquired of the Lord yet again. And the Lord answered him."
    • Inquire 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.""And all obey and few inquire his will."
    • Inquire To call or name. "That other son was cleped Cambalo."
    • Inquire To seek to learn anything by recourse to the proper means of knowledge; to make examination. "And inquire Gladly into the ways of God with man."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inquire To search for; seek out; make investigation concerning.
    • inquire To ask about (a thing or person); seek knowledge of by asking.
    • inquire To call; name.
    • inquire To ask of; question.
    • inquire Synonyms Ask, Inquire, Question, etc. See ask.
    • inquire To seek for knowledge or information; make inquisition or investigation; use means for discovering or learning something.
    • inquire To ask for information; seek knowledge of something by asking a question or questions: as, I will inquire about it.
    • n inquire Inquiry; search; investigation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Inquire in-kwīr′ to ask a question: to make an investigation
    • v.t Inquire to ask about: to make an examination regarding:
    • n Inquire (Shak.) a seeking for information
    • v.t Inquire (Spens.) to call
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “America, where people do not inquire of a stranger, What is he? But What can he do?”
  • John Milton
    “Adam inquires concerning celestial motions, is doubtfully answered, and exhorted to search rather things more worthy of knowledge.”
  • Thornton Wilder
    “My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate -- that's my philosophy.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Stern accuracy in inquiring, bold imagination in describing, these are the cogs on which history soars or flutters and wobbles.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “People can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire, why wasn't it done the other way?”
  • Rembrandt (Harmenszoon van Rijn)
    Rembrandt (Harmenszoon van Rijn)
    “Try to put well in practice what you already know. In so doing, you will, in good time, discover the hidden things you now inquire about.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. enqueren, inqueren, OF. enquerre, F. enquérir, L. inquirere, inquisitum,; pref. in-, in + quarere, to seek. See Quest a seeking, and cf. Inquiry


In literature:

We inquired if the passports were not wanted.
"Russian Rambles" by Isabel F. Hapgood
I ask, and you shall answer me without inquiring why and wherefore.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
It did not pass unnoticed by Welbeck, who inquired, with an air of kindness, into the cause of my visible dejection.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
Leif inquired whether she had in this the approval of her kinsmen.
"The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503" by Various
The Dolphin then inquired if he knew the Piraeus (the famous harbor of Athens).
"Aesop's Fables" by Aesop
Everybody inquired of his neighbor what had happened.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
Will you allow me to come and inquire to-morrow a little?
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
I do not always show your letters, but I never withhold them when they are inquired after.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
When she inquired their name they said it was Gilmore.
"Gideon's Band" by George W. Cable
He began with expressing his concern for Dr. Beaumont's pecuniary loss, and inquired at what sum he valued his books and paintings.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West

In poetry:

There shall I offer my requests,
And see thy beauty still;
Shall hear thy messages of love,
And there inquire thy will.
"Psalm 27 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Forbear, fond love, the cause to seek,
That fills these tearful eyes;
Forbear the reason to inquire,
That bids these sorrows rise.
"To ------" by Charlotte Dacre
“Are you the Cove?” he spoke the words
As swagmen only can;
The Squatter freezingly inquired,
“What do you mean, my man?”
"Are you the Cove?" by Joseph Furphy
No need of prophets to inquire:
The sun is risen; the stars retire;
The Comforter is come, and sheds
His holy unction on our heads.
"O God, Who didst Thy will unfold" by Josiah Conder
When the great Judge, supreme and just,
Shall once inquire for blood,
The humble souls that mourn in dust
Shall find a faithful God.
"Psalm 9 part 2" by Isaac Watts
"'What ails you?' asked a brother trout.
'What's wrong?' inquired a minnow.
'Alas! We're all invited out,'
He shivered, 'to a dinner!'
"August" by Nancy Byrd Turner

In news:

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns explores how Norristown is successfully modeling itself as a serious theater destination.
The Nov 25 Philadelphia Inquirer had a front-page article describing allegations of corruption, mismanagement and political interference that have dogged t. He Philadelphia Traffic Court since its founding in 1938.
I ask because there's a report report from Tim Panaccio, who covers the Flyers, that Phildelphia has inquired about goalie Marty Turco .
Harold Jackson, Inquirer Opinion Columnist.
Philly Inquirer's Dan DeLuca on Weathervane Music and XPN's Collaboration – Shaking Through.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's Dan DeLuca wrote a fairly extensive article here called "Philly's Weathervane Music Boosts Careers Of New Talent" as part of his ongoing series, The New Rules: Making It In The Music Business.
New BYOB in 'Mayberry' ( a.k.a. March 31, 2011 By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist.
Increasing acceptance of marijuana is not the end of the N.J. November 15, 2012 By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist.
To inquire about adopting a dog, visit DAWG in Santa Barbara.
Philadelphia firemen and police watch a garage fire on the 200 block of Wharton Street… (Daily News / Inquirer ).
Investors inquiring about their money, and others, gather in the lobby of where Bernard Madoff Investment Securities has their offices in New York on Friday.
Former CFO of Philadelphia Archdiocese Sentenced (Inquirer).
The California Highway Patrol office in Banning has been swarmed with calls, visitors and cards – all inquiring about the well-being of a police dog named Ranger.
PORT HADLOCK — The way history can turn into a riveting tale of adventure: That's the topic of novelist Peter Donahue's "Inquiring Mind" lecture at the Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave, on Thursday.
Inquirer staff writer Angela Couloumbis reports.

In science:

When such a singularity is present it is important to inquire whether this singularity is integrable or not.
The NLO multileg working group: summary report
This paper inquires into the validity of this presumption on the basis of an exactly soluble model.
Correlation effects in sequential energy branching: an exact model of the Fano statistics
Given the set of possible objects and their probabilities, the questioner associates a Huffman codeword with each object, and then inquires about each bit of the codeword that the questioner is thinking of.
Twenty Questions Games Always End With Yes
However, in they inquire about the size of the errors resulting when one of the vertices is recorded substantially in error.
Voronoi Diagram: The Generator Recognition Problem
We inquire the four different models of γ including a constant γ .
Evidence for departure from \Lambda CDM with LSS