Definition of enquire verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

enquire

 
(especially British English)(also inquire North American English, British English)
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkwaɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkwaɪər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they enquire
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkwaɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkwaɪər//
 
he / she / it enquires
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkwaɪəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkwaɪərz//
 
past simple enquired
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkwaɪəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkwaɪərd//
 
past participle enquired
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkwaɪəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkwaɪərd//
 
-ing form enquiring
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkwaɪərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkwaɪərɪŋ//
 
 
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verb [intransitive, transitive] (rather formal) to ask somebody for some information enquire (about somebody/something) I called the station to enquire about train times. enquire (as to somebody/something) She enquired as to your whereabouts. enquire why, where, etc… Might I enquire why you have not mentioned this until now? enquire something He enquired her name. + speech ‘What is your name?’ he enquired. Synonymsaskenquire demandThese words all mean to say or write something in the form of a question, in order to get information. ask to say or write something in the form of a question, in order to get information:‘Where are you going?’ she asked. She asked the students their names. Can I ask a question?enquire/​inquire (rather formal) to ask somebody for information:I called the station to enquire about train times.demand to ask a question very firmly:‘And where have you been?’ he demanded angrily.Patterns to ask/​enquire about/​after somebody/​something to ask/​enquire/​demand something of somebody to ask/​enquire/​demand what/​who/​how, etc. to ask/​enquire politely to ask/​enquire/​demand angrily In British English people sometimes distinguish between enquire and inquire, using enquire for the general meaning of ‘ask for information’ and inquire for the more particular meaning of ‘officially investigate’I called to enquire about train times.A committee will inquire into the allegations. However, you can use either spelling in either meaning. In American English inquire is usually used in both meanings. Phrasal Verbsenquire after somebodyenquire into somethingenquire something of somebody