[ 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.
Also enquiry.

Origin of inquiry

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

Related forms

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

Can be confused

inquiry query Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inquiry



/ (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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