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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Authorities identified a man in custody as Patrick Crusius, 21, according to two law enforcement officials familiar with the inquiry, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. Anchorage Daily News, "19 dead, dozens injured at El Paso Walmart; one suspect identified, authorities say," 3 Aug. 2019 The federal inquiry looked at whether campaign finance laws were broken. CBS News, "Trump organization subpoenaed over hush money payments," 2 Aug. 2019 The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s inquiry into the fires in that city revealed the two other cases: one in Berkeley on July 22 and another in San Jose this past Tuesday, said Jamie Parks, the Livable Streets Director at the SFMTA. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "Lyft bikes caught fire in Berkeley, San Jose before two reported in San Francisco," 2 Aug. 2019 Mr Mueller, who was appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, after President Donald Trump sacked James Comey, the then-FBI director, stayed silent throughout the 22-month inquiry. The Economist, "Impeachment looks even less likely now than before Robert Mueller’s testimony," 25 July 2019 The post-race inquiry took more than three hours before it was eventually decided Verstappen had done nothing wrong and was awarded the win. Matias Grez, CNN, "'Silverstone, I love you': Lewis Hamilton wins record sixth British Grand Prix," 14 July 2019 Schoonover, the retired police investigator, said the inquiry didn’t go far because the detective’s interview was a failure. Miles Moffeit Elvia Limón, Dallas News, "Tax funds stolen by her husband helped a DeSoto councilwoman. Why didn't authorities fully investigate?," 12 July 2019 Conrad closed the internal affairs inquiry after Betts resigned. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Ex-LMPD officer pleads guilty to sexually abusing teens in Explorer program," 8 July 2019 Yet, this time around the inquiry isn’t as commonplace. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals great Ken Anderson is used to Hall of Fame questions. Just not in July.," 7 July 2019

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First Known Use of inquiry

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for inquiry

see inquire

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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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