with object To query; to question. Frequently with whether.
Introducing a question or subject of enquiry: ask, inquire, query; ‘one may ask’, ‘it is a question’ (whether, etc.).
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.