inquiring


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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.

inquiring

(ɪnˈkwaɪərɪŋ)
adj
seeking or tending to seek answers, information, etc: an inquiring mind.
inˈquiringly adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inquiring - a request for informationinquiring - a request for information    
asking, request - the verbal act of requesting
challenge - questioning a statement and demanding an explanation; "his challenge of the assumption that Japan is still our enemy"
enquiry, query, question, inquiry, interrogation - an instance of questioning; "there was a question about my training"; "we made inquiries of all those who were present"
interrogatory, examination, interrogation - formal systematic questioning
Adj.1.inquiring - given to inquiry; "an inquiring mind"
curious - eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns); "a curious child is a teacher's delight"; "a trap door that made me curious"; "curious investigators"; "traffic was slowed by curious rubberneckers"; "curious about the neighbor's doings"
uninquiring, uninquisitive - not inquiring

inquiring

enquiring
adjective inquisitive, interested, curious, questioning, wondering, searching, probing, doubtful, analytical, investigative, nosy (informal) This helps children develop an inquiring attitude to learning.

inquiring

also enquiring
adjective
Eager to acquire knowledge:
Translations

inquiring

[ɪnˈkwaɪərɪŋ] ADJ [mind] → inquieto, inquisitivo; [look] → inquisitivo
she looked at me with inquiring eyesme miró con expresión inquisitiva or de interrogante

inquiring

[ɪnˈkwaɪərɪŋ] adj [look, glance] → interrogateur/trice
She gave him an inquiring glance → Elle lui lança un regard interrogateur.
to have an inquiring mind → avoir l'esprit curieux, faire preuve de curiosité d'esprit

inquiring

, enquiring
adjfragend; mindforschend

inquiring

[ɪnˈkwaɪərɪŋ] adj (mind) → pieno/a di curiosità; (look) → interrogativo/a, indagatore/trice
References in classic literature ?
The father and son now cast calm but inquiring glances at each other, to learn if either had sustained any injury by the fire; for both well knew that no cry or exclamation would, in such a moment of necessity have been permitted to betray the accident.
She possessed the gift of song, and that, too, so naturally, that you would as little think of inquiring whence she had caught it, or what master had taught her, as of asking the same questions about a bird, in whose small strain of music we recognize the voice of the Creator as distinctly as in the loudest accents of his thunder.
Turning back I accosted Captain Peleg, inquiring where Captain Ahab was to be found.
Mayhew having concluded his narration, Ahab put such questions to him, that the stranger captain could not forbear inquiring whether he intended to hunt the White Whale, if opportunity should offer.
He turned to the plaintiff, inquiring, "Is there any truth in this story, Mr.
Haley had stood a perfectly amazed spectator of the scene, till Eliza had disappeared up the bank, when he turned a blank, inquiring look on Sam and Andy.
It had not occurred to anybody in the crowd -- that simple trick of inquiring about somebody who wasn't ten thousand miles away.
She was always watching for black and shiny and spirited horses - watching, hoping, despairing, hoping again; always giving chase and sounding her call, upon the meagrest chance of a response, and breaking her heart over the disappointment; always inquiring, always interested in sales-stables and horse accumulations in general.
As I write, now, many months later, I perceive that each of us, by observing and noting and inquiring, diligently and day by day, had managed to lay in a most varied and opulent stock of misinformation.
Several pupils had a few yellow tickets, but none had enough -- he had been around among the star pupils inquiring.
Cole was so kind as to sit some time with us, talking of Jane; for as soon as she came in, she began inquiring after her, Jane is so very great a favourite there.