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inquire about someone or something

to ask about someone or something. I inquired about Tom and was told that he doesn't live here anymore. You will have to inquire about that at the front desk.
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inquire after someone

to ask about the well-being of someone. Jerry inquired after you when I saw him at the store today. I will inquire after his wife the next time I see him.
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inquire for someone

to ask to see someone. Mr. Franklin, there is a man out here inquiring for you. What shall I tell him? Who is inquiring for me?
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inquire into something

to look into something; to investigate something by asking questions. I will inquire into your complaint. It sounds as if something is wrong. We have not inquired into it yet.
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inquire something of someone

to ask some information of someone. I need to inquire something of you. May I inquire something personal of you?
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inquire within

to ask questions of a person inside [some place, such as a store or office]. (Formula. On a sign posted outside.) "Help wanted. Inquire within," read the sign on the door. If you want to apply, you must inquire within.
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inquire into something

to try to discover the facts or truth of something She thought the committee had no right to inquire into her politics.
Related vocabulary: look into something
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inquire after

Ask about the health or condition of someone or something. For example, She was inquiring after you in particular. [c. 1600]
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inquire about

To seek information about something or someone: I went to the store and inquired about available jobs.
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inquire after

To ask about the health or condition of someone: My neighbor cordially inquired after my mother, who was in the hospital.
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Readers are providentially rescued from reverential awe and relieved of the familiar refrains of scholarship, to be eased into multiple channels of cultural signification, and encouraged to switch inquiringly from one form to another, looking at literature through and with sculpture and painting.
To really look inward inquiringly, as Sydney advises .
He nods his head towards the row of whitewashed shelves, each split into little squares, where the birds sit and strut, their heads tipping inquiringly on one side and then the other, almost as if they are agreeing with him.
I do not much care for qualitative research, which to me is the attempt to discover knowledge about people and nursing by listening inquiringly to stories.
The one Sylvestre glances inquiringly at the other, who had been late with his food package, then shrugs indifferently: "It doesn't matter.
You're likely to see a number of these chatty, bright-blue birds; you may even have one light on your arm and look inquiringly into your eyes.
If his interlocutor were clever, he might respond by picking up a nearby stone, squeeze it, and look inquiringly at Thales as if to say "Where is the water to be found in this?
The minister was standing next to Veronica but he shouldn't have been there, I cautiously made my way through the crowd of mourners and touched the minister's shoulder, he glanced at me inquiringly, recognized me, greeted me with a nod, and we moved off to one side.
Uncle Richard turned around inquiringly and someone called to him "Ruben.
Like anybody else of similar experience, I try to appear (to strangers) to be an old housekeeper; consequently, I said in an offhand way that I had been intending for some time to have six or eight lightning rods put up, but - The stranger started, and looked inquiringly at me, but I was serene.
No authority is there to question their justification", said a group of commuters inquiringly.
Some of the men--the cohort on the deck is largely male--peer inquiringly into the camera lens, thus immediately establishing that they are "real" people, as opposed to actors trained to ignore the camera.
Explaining the significance of what he is aiming to do, he says: "For me, it is important that art helps us look inquiringly at the world around us.
Some ask sincerely, some sarcastically; some inquiringly and some accusingly.