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inquire into

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 about (someone or something)

To ask or try to learn more about someone or something. 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 (someone)

To ask how someone is doing, especially regarding their health. Mother, if Gerald inquires after you, what should I tell him?
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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 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

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.
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The inquirer proposes to forgo reimbursement of advanced costs at the end of the matter.
Three months later the Inquirer received a parking bill for more than $3,000 in 1976 dollars, more, by the way, than the car was worth.
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In 10 years, only one profile of the cardinal has appeared in the Inquirer, Cipriano said -- one he wrote just before leaving the beat in 1993.
By July 1980, the Inquirer had closed a 173,000 circulation gap to overtake the Bulletin, forcing it to fold two years later.
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Mike Leary joins the Inquirer from The Sun in Baltimore, where he was assistant managing editor for metro news.
For, despite the grievous blows it has sustained, I believe the Inquirer remains one of the nation's finest newspapers.
Cash donations may be deposited in the Inquirer Foundation Corp.
FOR SOME LONGTIME Philadelphia Inquirer journalists, Maxwell E.