enquire vs wonder what difference

what is difference between enquire and wonder

English

Alternative forms

  • inquire (chiefly US)

Etymology

Old French enquerre, from en- + querre (to search, to look for).

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɪŋˈkwaɪɹ/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪŋˈkwaɪə/
  • Rhymes: -aɪə(ɹ)

Verb

enquire (third-person singular simple present enquires, present participle enquiring, simple past and past participle enquired)

  1. (intransitive) To make an enquiry.
    He enquired about the availability of rental bicycles in the town.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To ask about (something).
    • And all obey and few enquire his will.

Usage notes

In the USA, inquire is generally used in place of enquire. Where enquire is used (particularly in the UK), it means a non-official enquiry (such as to ask a question), whereas inquire is used in legal or government context where official transcripts are generated. In the USA, this distinction is not made and inquire is used generally.

Related terms

  • enquiry

Translations

References

Anagrams

  • inquere


English

Etymology

From Middle English wonder, wunder, from Old English wundor (wonder, miracle, marvel), from Proto-Germanic *wundrą. Cognate with Scots wunner (wonder), West Frisian wonder, wûnder (wonder, miracle), Dutch wonder (miracle, wonder), Low German wunner, wunder (wonder), German Wunder (miracle, wonder), Danish, Norwegian and Swedish under (wonder, miracle), Icelandic undur (wonder).

The verb is from Middle English wondren, from Old English wundrian, which is from Proto-Germanic *wundrōną. Cognate with Saterland Frisian wunnerje, West Frisian wûnderje, Dutch wonderen, German Low German wunnern, German wundern, Swedish undra, Icelandic undra.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwʌndə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈwʌndɚ/
  • Rhymes: -ʌndə(ɹ)
  • Hyphenation: won‧der

Noun

wonder (countable and uncountable, plural wonders)

  1. Something that causes amazement or awe; a marvel.
  2. Something astonishing and seemingly inexplicable.
  3. Someone very talented at something, a genius.
  4. The sense or emotion which can be inspired by something curious or unknown; surprise; astonishment, often with awe or reverence.
    • 1781, Samuel Johnson, The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets
      All wonder is the effect of novelty upon ignorance.
    • 1871, Plato, Benjamin Jowett (translator), Theaetetus (section 155d)
      Socrates: I see, my dear Theaetetus, that Theodorus had a true insight into your nature when he said that you were a philosopher, for wonder is the feeling of a philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder. He was not a bad genealogist who said that Iris (the messenger of heaven) is the child of Thaumas (wonder).
  5. (Britain, informal) A mental pondering, a thought.
  6. (US) A kind of donut; a cruller.

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

wonder (third-person singular simple present wonders, present participle wondering, simple past and past participle wondered)

  1. (intransitive) To be affected with surprise or admiration; to be struck with astonishment; to be amazed; to marvel; often followed by at.
    • October 8, 1751, Samuel Johnson, The Rambler No. 163
      Some had read the manuscript, and rectified its inaccuracies; others had seen it in a state so imperfect, that the could not forbear to wonder at its present excellence.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To ponder; to feel doubt and curiosity; to query in the mind.

Conjugation

Derived terms

  • bewonder
  • forwonder
  • unwonder
  • wonderer

Synonyms

  • (to ponder): See Thesaurus:ponder
  • thauma

Translations

Anagrams

  • Nedrow, Rowden, Worden, downer, red won, wondre

Dutch

Etymology

From Middle Dutch wonder, wunder, from Old Dutch wundar, from Proto-Germanic *wundrą, from Proto-Indo-European *wenh₁- (to wish for, desire, strive for, win, love). Compare Low German wunder, wunner, German Wunder, West Frisian wonder, wûnder, English wonder, Danish under.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈʋɔn.dər/
  • Hyphenation: won‧der
  • Rhymes: -ɔndər

Noun

wonder n (plural wonderen, diminutive wondertje n)

  1. wonder, miracle

Synonyms

  • mirakel

Derived terms

  • wonderteken
  • wonderlijk

Descendants

  • Jersey Dutch: wonder
  • Negerhollands: wonder

Anagrams

  • worden

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