1. seeking facts, information, or knowledge: an inquiring mind.
  2. curious; probing; inquisitive in seeking facts: an inquiring reporter.
  3. scrutinizing; questioning: He looked at his father with inquiring eyes.

verb (used without object), in·quired, in·quir·ing.

  1. to seek information by questioning; ask: to inquire about a person.
  2. to make investigation (usually followed by into): to inquire into the incident.

verb (used with object), in·quired, in·quir·ing.

  1. to seek to learn by asking: to inquire a person’s name.
  2. Obsolete. to seek.
  3. Obsolete. to question (a person).

Verb Phrases

  1. inquire after, to ask about the state of health or condition of: Friends have been calling all morning to inquire after you.


  1. seeking or tending to seek answers, information, etcan inquiring mind


    1. to seek information; askshe inquired his age; she inquired about rates of pay
    2. (foll by of)to ask (a person) for informationI’ll inquire of my aunt when she is coming
  1. (intr often foll by into) to make a search or investigation

late 13c., from Old French enquerre “ask, inquire about” (Modern French enquérir), from Vulgar Latin *inquaerere, from Latin in- “into” (see in- (2)) + quaerere “ask, seek” (see query (v.)). Respelled 14c. on Latin model, but half-Latinized enquire still persists. Related: Inquired; inquiring; inquiringly.

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