inquirer


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in·quire

 (ĭn-kwīr′)
v. in·quired, in·quir·ing, in·quires
v.intr.
1. To seek information by asking a question: inquired about prices.
2. To make an inquiry or investigation: inquire into the extent of the corruption.
v.tr.
1. To ask, especially politely or formally: The host inquired why we were leaving so soon. See Synonyms at ask.
2. To ask questions about (something); investigate or analyze: economists inquiring whether markets behave differently during a recession.
Phrasal Verb:
inquire after
To ask about the health or condition of (someone).

[Middle English enquiren, from Old French enquerre, from Vulgar Latin *inquaerere, alteration of Latin inquīrere : in-, into; see in-2 + quaerere, to seek.]

in·quir′er n.
in·quir′ing·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inquirer - someone who asks a questioninquirer - someone who asks a question    
cross-examiner, cross-questioner - someone who questions a witness carefully (especially about testimony given earlier)
examiner, quizzer, tester - someone who administers a test to determine your qualifications
inquisitor, interrogator - a questioner who is excessively harsh
interviewer - a person who conducts an interview
headcounter, poll taker, pollster, canvasser - someone who conducts surveys of public opinion; "a pollster conducts public opinion polls"; "a headcounter counts heads"
speaker, talker, verbaliser, verbalizer, utterer - someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous); "the speaker at commencement"; "an utterer of useful maxims"

inquirer

also enquirer
noun
Translations
informateuronderzoeker

inquirer

[ɪnˈkwaɪərəʳ] N (= asker) → el/la que pregunta; (= researcher) → investigador(a) m/f (into de)

inquirer

[ɪnˈkwaɪərər] nenquêteur/trice m/f

inquirer

, enquirer
nFragende(r) mf

inquirer

[ɪnˈkwaɪərəʳ] n (frm) we told all inquirers to phone again laterabbiamo detto a tutti quelli che chiedevano informazioni di ritelefonare più tardi
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At times, he spoke to his slaves with the firmness of Napoleon and the fury of a demon; at other times, he might well be mistaken for an inquirer who had lost his way.
The reader will here find no regions cursed with irremediable barrenness, or blessed with spontaneous fecundity, no perpetual gloom or unceasing sunshine; nor are the nations here described either devoid of all sense of humanity, or consummate in all private and social virtues; here are no Hottentots without religion, polity, or articulate language, no Chinese perfectly polite, and completely skilled in all sciences: he will discover, what will always be discovered by a diligent and impartial inquirer, that wherever human nature is to be found there is a mixture of vice and virtue, a contest of passion and reason, and that the Creator doth not appear partial in his distributions, but has balanced in most countries their particular inconveniences by particular favours.
A prince, therefore, ought always to take counsel, but only when he wishes and not when others wish; he ought rather to discourage every one from offering advice unless he asks it; but, however, he ought to be a constant inquirer, and afterwards a patient listener concerning the things of which he inquired; also, on learning that nay one, on any consideration, has not told him the truth, he should let his anger be felt.
He rushed fiercely forward, and the inquirer flitted away into the darkness.
I am, of course, a mere student," said I, with a fatuous smile, "hardly more, I might say, than an earnest inquirer.
There was another pause and the inquirer added, "Do you see anything of the relic itself?
That nonconformity will remain a goad and remembrancer, and every inquirer will have to dispose of him, in the first place.
Replying to them, he made known to the inquirer that he certainly had been long absent from Russia, more than four years; that he had been sent abroad for his health; that he had suffered from some strange nervous malady--a kind of epilepsy, with convulsive spasms.
Milvain, her aunt Celia, a zealous inquirer into such matters, whose letter was also under consideration.
Sometimes I have to stretch out my arm and brush too curious an inquirer into the place where curiosity ends.
This we must most implicitly believe, the inquirer and the answerer being who they are -- especially since the poet has so greatly glorified his grandfather in his works.
replied the man, holding the door in his hand, and honouring the inquirer with a stare and a broad grin, 'Lord, no.