[ 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.

  1. the act of inquiring or of seeking information by questioning; interrogation.

  2. a question; query.

Origin of inquiry

First recorded in 1400–50; inquire + -y3; replacing late Middle English enquery
  • Also en·quir·y [en-kwahyuhr-ee, en-kwuh-ree] /ɛnˈkwaɪər i, ˈɛn kwə ri/ .

synonym study For inquiry

1. See investigation.

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Opposites for inquiry

Other words from inquiry

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

Words that may be confused with inquiry

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How to use inquiry in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for inquiry



/ (ɪnˈkwaɪərɪ) /

nounplural -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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