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inquiry

[ in-kwahyuhr-ee, in-kwuh-ree ]
/ ɪnˈkwaɪər i, ˈɪn kwə ri /
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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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inquire, inquire after, inquirer, inquiring, inquiringly, inquiry, inquisition, inquisitionist, inquisitive, inquisitor, inquisitor-general
Also enquiry.

Origin of inquiry

1400–50; inquire + -y3; replacing late Middle English enquery
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Related formsre·in·quir·y, noun, plural re·in·quir·ies.
Can be confusedinquiry query
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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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Word Origin and History for inquiry

inquiry


n.

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

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