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(also British enquiring)
  • 1Showing an interest in learning new things.

    ‘an open, inquiring mind’
    • ‘The books are a good cover-to-cover read for the recommended age group (seven- to nine-year-olds), with enough detail to pique the interests of inquiring young minds.’
    • ‘For the inquiring minds that want to know, DJ's team is now 7-1.’
    • ‘But there's nothing in the books about how to respond to the more topical questions parents are suddenly fielding from inquiring toddler minds.’
    • ‘Nothing was safe from that inquiring mind and those agile hands.’
    • ‘But much of the relevant information he drew from appears to have been declassified, and made available for inquiring minds.’
    • ‘Alex is noted for her smart mouth and inquiring mind.’
    • ‘Psychology cannot thrive without encouraging our most intelligent and inquiring young minds.’
    • ‘The need to develop self-esteem and inquiring minds among our youth has never been more necessary.’
    • ‘Approach your work with an inquiring mind - there is a researcher in every nurse.’
    • ‘We all want to believe that an inquiring mind, clear-eyed logic, and an unshakeable commitment to the truth is all we need to right wrongs, serve justice and solve the vexing puzzles of our time.’
    • ‘The inquiring minds of investors want to know that, and more.’
    • ‘The development of flexible, inquiring minds has rarely been the main concern in the design of educational systems.’
    • ‘For the inquiring mind there is so much still left to discover.’
    • ‘Those who did attend had little choice but to furnish inquiring minds with plausible excuses.’
    • ‘I found him a person who was very easy to speak to, very knowledgeable and with very much an inquiring mind.’
    • ‘These cities had lain undisturbed until an inquiring mind combined with cutting edge marine archaeology techniques revealed them to the world again.’
    • ‘I don't know why - the kindest explanation is an inquiring mind - but I've either always got something to say or a question to ask.’
    • ‘I am objecting only to their being used to stifle inquiring young minds.’
    • ‘This extraordinary volume for an unusual man is a treasure trove for the inquiring mind.’
    • ‘Ever the inquiring mind, the Scot was intent on explaining the existence of giants.’
    inquisitive, curious, interested, questioning, probing, investigative, analytical, analytic, exploring, searching, scrutinizing
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    1. 1.1(of a look or expression) suggesting that information is sought.
      ‘he sent her an inquiring glance’
      • ‘He gave me an inquiring look and I glanced at the door.’
      • ‘When they were at the barbecue pit, she picked up a plate of chicken wings and stood there for awhile, silently contemplating Jim, who stood there unmoving, an inquiring expression on his face.’
      • ‘A strange, inquiring look appeared on her face.’
      • ‘I shot Mike an inquiring look, to which he nodded.’
      • ‘As we positioned ourselves on the couch, with Cordelia sitting close enough to me to make me more than a bit uncomfortable, Giles caught my eye with an inquiring look.’
      • ‘Greg explained after I'd given him an inquiring look.’
      • ‘She fixed him, suddenly, with a steady, inquiring look.’
      • ‘She noticed her uncle gave her an inquiring look.’
      • ‘I walked over to Jeremy, and he gave me an inquiring look.’
      • ‘‘You knew I was going to try to get away from him,’ I said hotly to his inquiring expression.’
      • ‘He pulled into a parking lot and I gave him an inquiring look.’
      • ‘Darryl smiled mysteriously, and cast a half shy, half inquiring look at his brother.’
      • ‘Michael raised an eyebrow and gave her an inquiring glance.’
      • ‘The other two gave him an inquiring glance, and he opened the door.’
      • ‘She gave Michael an inquiring glance, but he refused to meet her eyes.’
      • ‘Ellen turned an inquiring glance towards him, raising her eyebrows slightly in question at him.’
      • ‘Anticipating Corissa's question and inquiring gaze, Magdalena looked to the side and shrugged a little.’
      • ‘The teacher was looking at them with inquiring eyes and frowned eyebrows.’
      • ‘Some returned his inquiring gaze by shaking their heads, others by looking down.’
      • ‘Betty was playing with the other children and she looked up at me with an inquiring raise of her eyebrow.’



/inˈkwī(ə)riNG/ /ɪnˈkwaɪ(ə)rɪŋ/ /iNGˈkwī(ə)riNG/ /ɪŋˈkwaɪ(ə)rɪŋ/