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v. -quired, -quir•ing. v.i.
inquire enquire ask
If you inquire or enquire about something, you ask for information about it. There is no difference in meaning between these words. Inquire is more common, especially in American English.
You can use inquire or enquire with a 'wh'-clause.
In writing, inquire and enquire are sometimes used in quote structures.
You do not use these verbs with a direct object. You do not say, for example, 'He inquired her if she was well'.
Inquire and enquire are fairly formal words. In conversation, people usually use ask. Ask can be used with or without a direct object.
Past participle: inquired
|Verb||1.||inquire - inquire about; "I asked about their special today"; "He had to ask directions several times"|
communicate, intercommunicate - transmit thoughts or feelings; "He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"
ask - direct or put; seek an answer to; "ask a question"
pry - be nosey; "Don't pry into my personal matters!"
confer with, consult - get or ask advice from; "Consult your local broker"; "They had to consult before arriving at a decision"
ask - address a question to and expect an answer from; "Ask your teacher about trigonometry"; "The children asked me about their dead grandmother"
|2.||inquire - have a wish or desire to know something; "He wondered who had built this beautiful church"|
request - inquire for (information); "I requested information from the secretary"
|3.||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"|
spy - secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage; "spy for the Russians"
to inquire sth of sb → preguntar algo a algn
to inquire when/whether → preguntar cuándo/si ...
he inquired the price → preguntó cuánto costaba
to inquire about sth → preguntar por algo, informarse de algo
I am inquiring about your advertisement in today's paper (by phone) → llamo para preguntar acerca de su anuncio en el periódico de hoy
to inquire after or for or about sb → preguntar por algn
she inquired after your health → preguntó por tu salud, preguntó qué tal andabas de salud
to inquire into sth → investigar or indagar algo
I shouldn't inquire too closely if I were you → yo que tú no haría demasiadas preguntas
"inquire within" → infórmese en el interior
"inquire at No. 14" → razón: en el no 14
If you need help, inquire within → Si vous avez besoin d'aide, renseignez-vous à l'intérieur.
to inquire about sth → se renseigner sur qch
I'm going to inquire about train times → Je vais me renseigner sur les horaires des trains.
"Is something wrong?" he inquired → "Quelque chose ne va pas?" demanda-t-il., "Quelque chose ne va pas?" s'enquit-t-il.
to inquire when ... → demander quand ...
to inquire where ... → demander où ...
to inquire whether ... → demander si ...
to inquire after sb's health → s'enquérir de la santé de qn
A commission has been set up to inquire into allegations of government abuses of power → Une commission a été nommée pour enquêter sur des allégations d'abus de pouvoir de la part du gouvernement.
to inquire sth of sb → domandare qc a qn