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inquire

  
  ( inquires    3rd person present)   ( inquiring    present participle)   ( inquired    past tense & past participle  ) , enquire  
1       verb   If you inquire about something, you ask for information about it.  
FORMAL   `Is something wrong?' he enquired...      V with quote  
`Who are you?' he enquired of the first man...      V of n with quote  
I rang up to inquire about train times...      V about n  
He inquired whether there had been any messages for him...      V wh  
He was so impressed that he inquired the young shepherd's name.      V n, Also V for n, V of n wh, V  
2       verb   If you inquire into something, you investigate it carefully.  
Inspectors were appointed to inquire into the affairs of the company.      V into n/wh   inquire after      phrasal verb   If you inquire after someone, you ask how they are or what they are doing.  
FORMAL  
(=ask after)  

Elsie called to inquire after my health.      V P n (not pron)  
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enquire

  
1    ask, query, question, request information, seek information  
2          inquire          conduct an inquiry, examine, explore, inspect, investigate, look into, make inquiry, probe, research, scrutinize, search  


inquire         
1    examine, explore, inspect, investigate, look into, make inquiries, probe, research, scrutinize, search  
2         enquire    ask, query, question, request information, seek information  

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