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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: enquired
|Verb||1.||enquire - 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.||enquire - 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"
|3.||enquire - 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"