inquiry

noun
in·​qui·​ry | \ in-ˈkwī(-ə)r-ē How to pronounce inquiry (audio) , ˈin-ˌ; ˈin-kwə-rē, ˈiŋ-; ˈin-ˌkwir-ē How to pronounce inquiry (audio) \
plural inquiries

Definition of inquiry

1 : a request for information
2 : a systematic investigation often of a matter of public interest
3 : examination into facts or principles : research

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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 … 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 … distinguish between legitimate legislative inquiry into the acts of a man … and illegitimate inquiry into opinions … — Norman Thomas, New Republic, 28 Feb. 1955 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.
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Furthermore, any inquiries made within the previous 30 days are ignored entirely. Liz Weston, latimes.com, "Escaping California’s tax auditors is tough even after leaving the state," 7 July 2019 But social media groups run by beachfront communities, and inquiries at seaside restaurants and pubs, can yield valuable real-time information. Michele Chabin, Washington Post, "How to handle the worldwide jellyfish threat (no, don’t treat stings with urine)," 5 July 2019 Other expenses relate to legal fees for members of the Trump family or officials who were connected to congressional inquiries and the special counsel’s investigation. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "Trump and R.N.C. Raised $105 Million in 2nd Quarter, a Sign He Will Have Far More Money Than in 2016," 2 July 2019 President Maithripala Sirisena, however, opposed the parliamentary committee conducting a separate inquiry while court cases were being heard on the blasts. Bharatha Mallawarachi, BostonGlobe.com, "Ex-Sri Lanka officials arrested over negligence in bombings," 2 July 2019 What is the state of free speech, dissent, and open inquiry on any given campus? Greg Lukianoff, National Review, "Against Conservative Pessimism about Free Speech on Campus," 1 July 2019 While the death is not being treated as suspicious, police inquiries will continue. Milena Veselinovic And Tara John, CNN, "Stowaway falls into London garden from Kenya Airways plane," 1 July 2019 Or the Revolv smart home hub that Google acquired and promptly shut down—sparking another FTC inquiry. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Microsoft's Ebook Apocalypse Shows the Dark Side of DRM," 30 June 2019 Speaker and panelist inquiries can be sent to dave.brooks@billboard.com. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Shawn Gee and Brooke Michael Kain Announced As Guest Curators for the 2019 Billboard Live Music Summit," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of inquiry

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for inquiry

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The first known use of inquiry was in the 15th century

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inquiry

noun

English Language Learners 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

inquiry

noun
in·​qui·​ry | \ ˈin-ˌkwī-rē How to pronounce inquiry (audio) , -kwə-\
plural inquiries

Kids Definition of inquiry

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

inquiry

noun
in·​qui·​ry | \ ˈin-ˌkwīr-ē, in-ˈkwīr-ē; ˈin-kwə-rē, ˈiŋ- How to pronounce inquiry (audio) \
plural inquiries

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 especially by a body (as a legislative committee) with power to compel testimony
on inquiry
: having notice that inquiry should be made

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