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inquiry

[in-kwahyuh r-ee, in-kwuh-ree] /ɪnˈkwaɪər i, ˈɪn kwə ri/
noun, plural inquiries.
1.
a seeking or request for truth, information, or knowledge.
2.
an investigation, as into an incident:
a Congressional inquiry into the bribery charges.
3.
the act of inquiring or of seeking information by questioning; interrogation.
4.
a question; query.
Also, enquiry.
Origin of inquiry
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; inquire + -y3; replacing late Middle English enquery
Related forms
reinquiry, noun, plural reinquiries.
Can be confused
inquiry, query.
Synonyms
1. study, scrutiny, exploration. See investigation.
Antonyms
4. answer, reply.
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  • If I can render any assistance in making these inquiries, I will.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • inquiries were made as to the health of Mr. Potts' family, and of Mr. Potts in particular.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • "Make no inquiries, my dear; for I cannot answer any, even of yours," said Vivian.

  • I attempted to pacify her by an indefinite reply to her inquiries, but in vain.

    Theresa Marchmont Mrs Charles Gore
  • This last discovery was made by the two friends in pursuing their inquiries.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for inquiries

inquiry

/ɪnˈkwaɪərɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
a request for information; a question
2.
an investigation, esp a formal one conducted into a matter of public concern by a body constituted for that purpose by a government, local authority, or other organization
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Word Origin and History for inquiries

inquiry

n.

mid-15c., enquery, from enquere (see inquire). Respelled from mid-16c. to conform to Latin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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