- 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.
Origin of inquiry
SynonymsSee more synonyms for inquiry on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for inquiry
She had a simple answer to my inquiry about the calls that were never returned—from her or anyone else in the detective bureau.The Disappearing Cops of East St. Louis
November 26, 2014
During the Leveson Inquiry, Dance claims to have received a call from the local police.Charles Dance on Tywin Lannister’s S5 Return, A ‘Game of Thrones’ Movie,’ and Sexy Peter Dinklage
November 18, 2014
Timeline: Is the story still spreading at the time of the inquiry?TRAILS: The Tool That Tracks Truth and Lies On Twitter
November 18, 2014
This could be the end of the inquiry, but in fact, the court is just getting started.All The Wrong Reasons to Ban Gay Unions
November 7, 2014
Mitchell says he does not know if his schools are part of any inquiry and has not been contacted by any investigators.At This Creepy Libertarian Charter School, Kids Must Swear ‘to Be Obedient to Those in Authority’
October 15, 2014
Telegrams of inquiry and sympathy came from all parts of the world to the Castle.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
This inquiry is a matter that requires the greatest secrecy.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
So, turning aside, she soon caught up with the girl and spoke an inquiry.
So simple were the words of her inquiry, but under them beat something evil, deadly.
As though he had formulated the inquiry into speech the other began directly to speak of it.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
- 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
Word Origin and History for inquiry
mid-15c., enquery, from enquere (see inquire). Respelled from mid-16c. to conform to Latin.