Inquire vs Quote - What's the difference?

inquire | quote |

As a verb inquire

is (lb) to ask (about something).

As a noun quote is

a quota.



Alternative forms

* enquire (chiefly British)


(intransitive'' or ''transitive )
  • (lb) To ask (about something).
  • To make an inquiry or an investigation.
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  • *:"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.
  • Usage notes

    * 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.


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    Derived terms

    * inquire after * inquire of

    See also

    * inquest * inquisition * inquisitive * inquisitor English reporting verbs ----




  • To repeat someone’s exact words.
  • To prepare a summary of work to be done and set a price.
  • (Commerce) To name the current price, notably of a financial security.
  • To indicate verbally or by equivalent means the start of a quotation.
  • (archaic) To observe, to take account of.
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  • Synonyms

    * (repeat words) cite


    * end quote * unquote

    Derived terms

    * quotable * quote unquote * misquote


    (en noun)
  • A quotation, statement attributed to someone else.
  • A quotation mark.
  • A summary of work to be done with a set price.
  • ''After going over the hefty quotes , the board decided it was cheaper to have the project executed by its own staff.

    Usage notes

    Until the late 19th century, quote'' was exclusively used as a verb. Since then, it has been used as a shortened form of either quotation or quotation mark; see , above. This use as a noun is well-understood and widely used, although it is often rejected in formal and academic contexts.Rosenheim, Edward W.; Ann Batko. (2004) ''When Bad Grammar Happens to Good People: How to Avoid Common Errors in English . Career Press, Franklin Lakes, NJ. p. 207 ISBN 1-56414-722-3

    Derived terms

    * pull-quote

    See also

    * attest * MSRP * invoice