Meaning of enquire

enquire




You might enquire, or ask about, the difference between the words enquire and “inquire.” Good question. The answer is, not much. They are the same word with different spellings. Typically the British prefer the “e” version, but both are correct.

When you enquire about something, you are asking a question. This can come in many forms. Sometimes when you enquire, you are doing an investigation of a crime or an unsolved mystery. The National Enquirer is a tabloid that investigates celebrity gossip. But enquiring doesn’t always have to be so dramatic. You could just be enquiring about the time.

Definitions of enquire
  1. verb

    have a wish or desire to know something

    synonyms:

    inquire, wonder

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    types:

    request

    inquire for (information)
    seek

    inquire for
    type of:

    query, question

    pose a question

  2. verb

    inquire about

    synonyms:

    ask, inquire

    ask

    direct or put; seek an answer to
    ask

    address a question to and expect an answer from
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    pry

    be nosey
    confer with, consult

    get or ask advice from
    type of:

    communicate, intercommunicate

    transmit thoughts or feelings

  3. verb

    conduct an inquiry or investigation of

    synonyms:

    inquire, investigate

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    spy

    secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage
    type of:

    examine, probe

    question or examine thoroughly and closely

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