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[in-kwahyuhr-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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Related Words for inquiries

audit, search, question, study, probe, request, analysis, hearing, interrogation, investigation, examination, questioning, query, survey, scrutiny, inspection, research, inquisition, inquest, quest

Examples from the Web for inquiries

Contemporary Examples of inquiries

Historical Examples of inquiries

  • 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



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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