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[in-kwahyuh r-ee, in-kwuh-ree] /ɪnˈkwaɪər i, ˈɪn kwə ri/
noun, plural inquiries.
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.
late Middle English
1400-50; inquire + -y3; replacing late Middle English enquery
Related forms
reinquiry, noun, plural reinquiries.
Can be confused
inquiry, query.
1. study, scrutiny, exploration. See investigation.
4. answer, reply. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for inquiries


noun (pl) -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 inquiries



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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