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in·quire

inquire

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn kwaIr
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part of speech: verb
inflections: inquires, inquiring, inquired
definition: to ask to find out or learn.
He inquired about my parents.
synonyms:
ask
similar words:
explore, query, question, quiz, research
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The word inquire contains the following parts:
in-1 Latin prefix that means in, into, on
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The prefix in-1 occurs in Latin loanwords and thus attaches to Latin roots (infect , inscribe ). -in1 has multiple forms, as the "n" sound in in- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms il-1, im-1, and ir-1.
quer, ques, quir, quis, quest Latin root that means ask, seek