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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.
inquire after (someone)
To ask how someone is doing, especially regarding their health. Mother, if Gerald inquires after you, what should I tell him?
inquire for (someone)
To request to see or speak to someone. If anyone calls inquiring for Anne, just tell them she's in a meeting.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
inquire something of someone
to ask some information of someone. I need to inquire something of you. May I inquire something personal of you?
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.
Ask about the health or condition of someone or something. For example, She was inquiring after you in particular. [c. 1600]
To seek information about something or someone: I went to the store and inquired about available jobs.
To ask about the health or condition of someone: My neighbor cordially inquired after my mother, who was in the hospital.