inquiry

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noun in·qui·ry \in-ˈkwī(-ə)r-ē, ˈin-ˌ; ˈin-kwə-rē, ˈiŋ-; ˈin-ˌkwir-ē\

Definition of inquiry

plural

inquiries

  1. 1 :  examination into facts or principles :  research

  2. 2 :  a request for information

  3. 3 :  a systematic investigation often of a matter of public interest

Examples of inquiry in a Sentence

  1. 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

  2. … distinguish between legitimate legislative inquiry into the acts of a man … and illegitimate inquiry into opinions … —Norman Thomas, New Republic, 28 Feb. 1955

  3. … 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

  4. She refused to answer inquiries from the media about her marriage.

  5. The board ordered an inquiry to determine whether the rules had been followed.

  6. Further inquiry showed that he had visited the city twice before.

  7. The police are pursuing a new line of inquiry.

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Origin and Etymology of inquiry

see inquire


INQUIRY Defined for English Language Learners

inquiry

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Definition of inquiry for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

inquiry

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noun in·qui·ry \ˈin-ˌkwī-rē, -kwə-\

Definition of inquiry for Students

plural

inquiries

  1. 1 :  the act of asking a question or seeking information On further inquiry, we learned his name.

  2. 2 :  a request for information The inquiry is confidential.

  3. 3 :  a thorough examination an official inquiry


Law Dictionary

inquiry

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noun in·qui·ry \ˈin-ˌkwīr-ē, in-ˈkwīr-ē; ˈin-kwə-rē, ˈiŋ-\

Legal Definition of inquiry

plural

inquiries

  1. 1 :  a request for information such doubt as would cause a reasonable person to make an inquiry

  2. 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

  1. :  having notice that inquiry should be made



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