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English verb: enquire

1. enquire (communication) inquire about


SamplesI asked about their special today.
He had to ask directions several times.


ExamplesThey enquire whether there was a traffic accident


Synonymsask, inquire


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate


Narrower (hyponym)confer with, consult, pry


Verb groupask, ask

2. enquire (communication) conduct an inquiry or investigation of


SamplesThe district attorney's office investigated reports of possible irregularities.
Inquire into the disappearance of the rich old lady.


Synonymsinquire, investigate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)examine, probe


Narrower (hyponym)spy

3. enquire (cognition) have a wish or desire to know something


SamplesHe wondered who had built this beautiful church.


Synonymsinquire, wonder


Pattern of useSomebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)query, question


Narrower (hyponym)request









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