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inquire about (someone or something)

To ask or try to learn more about someone or something. The alternative spelling, "enquire," is more common in British English. Primarily heard in US. Mother, if Gerald inquires about you, what should I tell him? I'm inquiring about that bill right now.
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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 for (one)

To request to see or speak to one. If anyone calls inquiring for Anne, just tell them she's in a meeting.
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inquire into (something)

To investigate; to look into or ask questions about. The HR department has been inquiring into complaints of unfair firing practices. We've inquired into what could be causing the server malfunction. We will keep you posted when we have more information.
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inquire of (one)

dated To ask one (a question). The committee inquired of the councilor whether the transfer of funds had been entirely legal. The guard inquired of the stranger who he was and what business he had at the castle.
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inquire of (someone or something)

To ask someone for some type of information. A noun or pronoun can be used between "inquire" and "of." Mother, if Gerald inquires something personal of me, what should I tell him? I'm going to inquire of your mother and see if she knows you snuck out last night.
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inquire within

An instruction that one should ask for more information about something inside a particular place. Typically written on signs posted outside of businesses. Help wanted, inquire within. Hey, the sign outside said, "Inquire within," so here I am! Can I get an application for the job?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: after, inquire

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?
See also: inquire, of

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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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.

inquire about

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

v.
To ask about the health or condition of someone: My neighbor cordially inquired after my mother, who was in the hospital.
See also: after, inquire
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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