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INQUIRE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inquire mean? 

INQUIRE (verb)
  The verb INQUIRE has 3 senses:

1. inquire about
2. have a wish or desire to know something
3. conduct an inquiry or investigation of

  Familiarity information: INQUIRE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INQUIRE (verb)


Sense 1inquire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Inquire about

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

ask; enquire; inquire

Context examples:

I asked about their special today / He had to ask directions several times

Hypernyms (to "inquire" is one way to...):

communicate; intercommunicate (transmit thoughts or feelings)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "inquire"):

pry (be nosey)

confer with; consult (get or ask advice from)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s PP
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They inquire whether there was a traffic accident


Sense 2inquire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have a wish or desire to know something

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

wonder; inquire; enquire

Context example:

He wondered who had built this beautiful church

Hypernyms (to "inquire" is one way to...):

query; question (pose a question)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "inquire"):

request (inquire for (information))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Sense 3inquire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Conduct an inquiry or investigation of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

enquire; investigate; inquire

Context examples:

The district attorney's office investigated reports of possible irregularities / inquire into the disappearance of the rich old lady

Hypernyms (to "inquire" is one way to...):

examine; probe (question or examine thoroughly and closely)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "inquire"):

spy (secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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