enquire (also inquire) verb

ADV. further | pleasantly, politely Adam enquired politely whether they had enjoyed the show. | anxiously, solicitously | eagerly, hopefully | casually, evenly, mildly | coldly, coolly ‘You wish to speak with me?’ he enquired coldly. | drily, sarcastically, sweetly (ironic), tartly ‘Do you mean blackmail?’ she enquired sweetly.

PREP. about To enquire about tickets, phone the number below. | after Rose was enquiring after you (= asking how you were). She enquired after my mother's health. | as to He didn't enquire as to my identity. | into A commission has been set up to enquire into alleged malpractice.