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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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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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INQUIRY VS. ENQUIRY

What's the difference between inquiry and enquiry?

Inquiry and enquiry have the same meanings: a question, an investigation, a request for information, or the process of seeking information. Enquiry is a less common variant of inquiry.

Their verb forms—inquire and enquire—also mean the same thing: to ask, to seek information, or to investigate.

Both inquiry and enquiry are somewhat formal, especially compared to similar terms like question or investigation. Some speakers of British English may use both words, preferring inquiry in contexts that are more formal. In the U.S., enquiry is rarely used.

Here’s an example of inquiry used correctly in a sentence.

Example: I forwarded you an email with an inquiry about the open position.

Enquiry could be used in this sentence in the same exact way.

Most of these same distinctions apply to the verbs inquire and enquire.

To learn more about them, read the full breakdown of the difference between inquire and enquire.

Quiz yourself on inquiry and enquiry!

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Inquiry and enquiry have the same meaning.

How to use inquiry in a sentence

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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