inquiry

[in-kwahyuhr-ee, in-kwuh-ree]
noun, plural inquiries.
1.
a seeking or request for truth, information, or knowledge.
2.
an investigation, as into an incident: a Congressional inquiry into the bribery charges.
3.
the act of inquiring or of seeking information by questioning; interrogation.
4.
a question; query.
Also, enquiry.


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

reinquiry, noun, plural reinquiries.

inquiry, query.


1. study, scrutiny, exploration. See investigation.


4. answer, reply.
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inquiry or enquiry (ɪnˈkwaɪərɪ)
 
n , pl -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
 
enquiry or enquiry
 
n

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inquiry
mid-15c., enquery, from enquere (see inquire). Respelled to conform to Latin from mid-16c.
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Example sentences
They are having to spend increasing amounts of time and effort responding to
  duplicate inquiries.
Tour operators are reporting big spikes in inquiries and bookings.
But some of the initial inquiries drew letters from lawyers, challenging the
  society's authority to question the clinics.
The hook: a new feature designed to provide more immediate answers to inquiries.
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