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
Anthropological inquiry has uncovered flood recall among all different cultures
  around the world.
Mayor describes herself as a folklorist who studies the earliest inklings of
  scientific inquiry.
The inquiry did not prove to be the full exoneration he sought and which he
  continued to seek for the remainder of his life.
The report has not yet been made public, but the government is furious that an
  independent inquiry took place at all.
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