[intransitive, transitive] (rather formal) to ask somebody for some informationenquire (about somebody/something) I called the station to enquire about train times.enquire (as to somebody/something) She enquired as to your whereabouts.enquire why, where, etc… Might I enquire why you have not mentioned this until now?enquire something He enquired her name.+ speech ‘What is your name?’ he enquired.
enquireverb (especially British English) (also inquire North American English, British English)
HelpIn British English people sometimes distinguish between enquire and inquire, using enquire for the general meaning of ‘ask for information’ and inquire for the more particular meaning of ‘officially investigate’
enquire after somebody(formal) to ask for information about somebody, especially about their health or about what they are doing
enquire into somethingto find out more information about something
SynonyminvestigateA committee was appointed to enquire into the allegations.