[in-kwahyuhr-ee, in-kwuh-ree]

noun, plural in·quir·ies.

a seeking or request for truth, information, or knowledge.
an investigation, as into an incident: a Congressional inquiry into the bribery charges.
the act of inquiring or of seeking information by questioning; interrogation.
a question; query.

Nearby words

  1. inquire,
  2. inquire after,
  3. inquirer,
  4. inquiring,
  5. inquiringly,
  6. inquisition,
  7. inquisitionist,
  8. inquisitive,
  9. inquisitor,
  10. inquisitor-general

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inquiries



noun plural -ries

a request for information; a question
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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