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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.
Origin of inquiry
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
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  • Let us push our inquiries as to the nature of this all-powerful agent.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
  • inquiries were made as to the health of Mr. Potts' family, and of Mr. Potts in particular.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • This man, however, had set himself beyond the reach of my inquiries.

    Ormond, Volume III (of 3) Charles Brockden Brown
  • If I can render any assistance in making these inquiries, I will.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • The news she had now to tell her son, in answering his inquiries, was of a very melancholy and a very hopeless kind.

    Hide and Seek Wilkie Collins
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.

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