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[in-kwahyuh r-ee, in-kwuh-ree]
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noun, plural in·quir·ies.
  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.
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Also enquiry.

Origin of inquiry

1400–50; inquire + -y3; replacing late Middle English enquery
Related formsre·in·quir·y, noun, plural re·in·quir·ies.
Can be confusedinquiry query


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1. study, scrutiny, exploration. See investigation.


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.

  • This last discovery was made by the two friends in pursuing their inquiries.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

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

    Theresa Marchmont

    Mrs Charles Gore

British Dictionary definitions for inquiries



noun plural -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



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

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