Inquire vs Confer - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between inquire and confer
is that inquire
) to ask (about something) while confer
is (obsolete|intransitive) to compare.
* enquire (chiefly British)
(intransitive'' or ''transitive )
(lb) To ask (about something).
To make an inquiry or an investigation.
*:"A fine man, that Dunwody, yonder," commented the young captain, as they parted, and as he turned to his prisoner. "We'll see him on in Washington some day.A strong man—a strong one; and a heedless." ¶ "Of what party is he?" she inquired , as though casually.
* In British English, the spelling enquire' is more common, with '''inquire''' often reserved for official inquests. In Canada and the US, both spellings are acceptable, though ' inquire is favored.
* inquire after
* inquire of
(obsolete) To compare.
* 1557 (book title):
- The Newe Testament ... Conferred diligently with the Greke, and best approued translations.
- Confer thine estate with others […]. Be content and rest satisfied, for thou art well in respect to others […].
To talk together, to consult, discuss; to deliberate.
* 1974 , "A Traveler's Perils", Time , 25 Mar 1974:
- If we confer these observations with others of the like nature, we may find cause to rectify the general opinion.
(obsolete) To bring together; to collect, gather.
To grant as a possession; to bestow.
- Local buttons popped when Henry Kissinger visited Little Rock last month to confer with Fulbright on the Middle East oil talks.
* 2010 , Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer , 7 Feb 2010:
- the public marks of honour and reward conferred upon me
(obsolete) To contribute; to conduce.
- The special immunities that are conferred on MPs were framed with the essential purpose of allowing them to speak freely in parliament.
- The closeness and compactness of the parts resting together doth much confer to the strength of the union.