Simple Definition of inquiry
: a request for information
: an official effort to collect and examine information about something
: the act of asking questions in order to gather or collect information
Examples of inquiry in a sentence
Discovered when Galileo Galilei turned the first astronomical telescope to the heavens in 1610, the Jovian system has been a focus of scientific inquiry ever since. —Chad Galts, Brown Alumni Monthly, November 1996
… distinguish between legitimate legislative inquiry into the acts of a man … and illegitimate inquiry into opinions … —Norman Thomas, New Republic, 28 Feb. 1955
… his head was tilted at the precise angle of inquiry as to where he should put Muhlenberg's drink. —Theodore Sturgeon, E Pluribus Unicorn, (1953) 1965
She refused to answer inquiries from the media about her marriage.
The board ordered an inquiry to determine whether the rules had been followed.
Further inquiry showed that he had visited the city twice before.
The police are pursuing a new line of inquiry.
Origin of inquiry
First Known Use: 15th century
Rhymes with inquiry
INQUIRY Defined for Kids
Definition of inquiry for Students
1 : the act of asking a question or seeking information <On further inquiry, we learned his name.>
2 : a request for information <The inquiry is confidential.>
3 : a thorough examination <an official inquiry>
Legal Definition of inquiry
1 : a request for information <such doubt as would cause a reasonable person to make an inquiry>
2 : a systematic official investigation often of a matter of public interest esp. by a body (as a legislative committee) with power to compel testimony
: having notice that inquiry should be made
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