inquiry

[ in-kwahyuhr-ee, in-kwuh-ree ]
/ ɪnˈkwaɪər i, ˈɪn kwə ri /

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.

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Also en·quir·y [en-kwahyuhr-ee, en-kwuh-ree] /ɛnˈkwaɪər i, ˈɛn kwə ri/ .

Origin of inquiry

First recorded in 1400–50; inquire + -y3; replacing late Middle English enquery

synonym study for inquiry

1. See investigation.

OTHER WORDS FROM inquiry

re·in·quir·y, noun, plural re·in·quir·ies.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH inquiry

inquiry , query
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British Dictionary definitions for inquiry

inquiry

enquiry

/ (ɪnˈkwaɪərɪ) /

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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