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inquire after (one)
To ask how one is doing, especially regarding their health. The alternative spelling, "enquire," is more common in British English. Primarily heard in US. Mother, if Gerald inquires after you, what should I tell him? Mark inquired after you when I ran into him at the conference.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Ask about the health or condition of someone or something. For example, She was inquiring after you in particular. [c. 1600]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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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