To inquire

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Definition

to inquire (US), to enquire (UK): to ask, to investigate, to question, to query, to seek information
verb
'Enquire' is generally used in British English, while 'inquire' is used in American English. In British English, some make a distinction between 'enquire' when asking for information, and 'inquire' when conducting an investigation.

He inquired about the position's availability, but I had to tell him that the position had already been filled.

an inquiry: a question, a request; an investigation, a study
noun
Pronunciation examples
UK: Hello sir. May I enquire what you're doing here?
US: I just wanted to make some inquiries.
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Examples

  • "If you have any urgent inquiries during my expedition in the Himalayas, please contact Brian Jones"
  • "Icarus was also able to secure payment for the unpaid invoices you inquired about."

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