inquiry

[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.

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

Synonyms for inquiry

Antonyms for inquiry

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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.

  • 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

inquiry

enquiry

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

inquiry

n.

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

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