Main meanings of quaere in English

: quaere1quaere2

quaere1

Pronunciation /ˈkwɪəri/

verb

archaic, rare
  • To query; to question. Frequently with whether.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Sclater. From quaere. Compare earlier quaere, queer.

Main meanings of quaere in English

: quaere1quaere2

quaere2

Pronunciation /ˈkwɪəri/

exclamation

archaic, rare
  • Introducing a question or subject of enquiry: ask, inquire, query; ‘one may ask’, ‘it is a question’ (whether, etc.).

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Phaer (?1510–1560), translator and physician. From classical Latin quaere, imperative singular of quaerere (in post-classical Latin also querere) to ask, inquire.