inquiry

inquiry
[[t]ɪnkwa͟ɪ͟əri[/t]]
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inquiries
(The spelling enquiry is also used. Inquiry is sometimes pronounced [[t]ɪ̱ŋkwɪri[/t]]u> in American English.)
1) N-COUNT An inquiry is a question which you ask in order to get some information.

He made some inquiries and discovered she had gone to the Continent...

After a brief inquiry about the Christmas holiday, he returned to the subject of music.

2) N-COUNT An inquiry is an official investigation.

This is the most difficult and shocking murder inquiry I have had to open in the last 25 years...

The Democratic Party has called for an independent inquiry into the incident.

3) N-UNCOUNT Inquiry is the process of asking about or investigating something in order to find out more about it.

The investigation has suddenly switched to a new line of inquiry.

4) PHRASE: V inflects If you say that someone is helping the police with their inquiries, you mean that the police are questioning them about a crime, but have not yet charged them with it. [BRIT]

Two men were helping police with their inquiries at Salisbury last night.

5) See also court of inquiry

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • inquiry — mid 15c., enquery, from enquere (see INQUIRE (Cf. inquire)). Respelled from mid 16c. to conform to Latin …   Etymology dictionary

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