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inquiry

[in-kwahyuh r-ee, in-kwuh-ree] /ɪnˈkwaɪər i, ˈɪn kwə ri/
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 of inquiry
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; inquire + -y3; replacing late Middle English enquery
Related forms
reinquiry, noun, plural reinquiries.
Can be confused
inquiry, query.
Synonyms
1. study, scrutiny, exploration. See investigation.
Antonyms
4. answer, reply.
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  • To the corporal's inquiry he replied that Ferry had just passed on.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • As though he had formulated the inquiry into speech the other began directly to speak of it.

  • He had to face his landlord with some explanation of the bank's inquiry.

  • He brought an inquiry from the prince,—What was the object of Nelson's note?

  • Soon will the poison of knowledge and inquiry be communicated to all classes.

    Faustus Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
British Dictionary definitions for inquiry

inquiry

/ɪnˈkwaɪərɪ/
noun (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
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Word Origin and History for inquiry
n.

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

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