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in·quir·y

 (ĭn-kwīr′ē, ĭn′kwīr′ē, ĭn′kwə-rē, ĭng′-)
n. pl. in·quir·ies
1. The act of inquiring: engaged in scientific inquiry.
2. A question; a query: There were many inquiries about the new tax rates.
3. A close examination of a matter: a Congressional inquiry into the scandal.
Synonyms: inquiry, inquisition, investigation, probe
These nouns denote a quest for knowledge, data, or truth: filed an inquiry about the lost shipment; an inquisition into their political activities; a criminal investigation; a probe into alleged police corruption.

inquiry

(ɪnˈkwaɪərɪ) or

enquiry

n, pl -ries
1. a request for information; a question
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an investigation, esp a formal one conducted into a matter of public concern by a body constituted for that purpose by a government, local authority, or other organization

in•quir•y

(ɪnˈkwaɪər i, ˈɪn kwə ri)

also enquiry



n., pl. -quir•ies.
1. a seeking or request for truth, information, or knowledge.
2. an investigation, as into an incident.
3. a question; query.
[1400–50]

inquiry

  • query, inquiry, enquiry - A query is a single question; an inquiry (or enquiry) may be a single question or extensive investigation (i.e. a series of questions).
  • inquirendo, percontation - An inquirendo or percontation is an investigation or inquiry.
  • prosecute - First meant "to follow up or pursue an inquiry or studies" or "to pursue to the end."
  • zetetic - As an adjective, it means "inquiring, investigating" and "proceeding by inquiry or investigation," or, as a noun, "inquirer."
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inquiry - a search for knowledgeinquiry - a search for knowledge; "their pottery deserves more research than it has received"
problem solving - the thought processes involved in solving a problem
nature study - the study of animals and plants in the natural world (usually at an elementary level)
experimentation, experiment - the testing of an idea; "it was an experiment in living"; "not all experimentation is done in laboratories"
empirical research - an empirical search for knowledge
investigation, probe - an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities; "there was a congressional probe into the scandal"
opinion poll, poll, public opinion poll, canvass - an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people
heraldry - the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies
2.inquiry - an instance of questioninginquiry - an instance of questioning; "there was a question about my training"; "we made inquiries of all those who were present"
inquiring, questioning - a request for information
3.inquiry - a systematic investigation of a matter of public interest
investigating, investigation - the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
means test - an inquiry into the financial position of someone applying for financial aid
inquest - an inquiry into the cause of an unexpected death

inquiry

enquiry
noun
1. question, query, investigation He made some inquiries and discovered she had gone abroad.
3. research, investigation, analysis, examination, inspection, exploration, scrutiny, interrogation The investigation has switched to a new line of inquiry.

inquiry

also enquiry
noun
1. A request for data:
2. A seeking of knowledge, data, or the truth about something:
Translations
إِسْتِعْلامٌإسْتِفْسار، إسْتِعْلاماِسْتِعْلامتَحْقيق
dotazinformace-mačnívyšetřování
forespørgselinformations-undersøgelseefterforskning
tiedustelu
upit
tudakozódás
fyrirspurn; rannsóknrannsókn
問い合わせ
문의질문
informačný
poizvedovanjepovpraševanjepreiskava
förfråganutredning
การไต่สวนการสอบสวน
câu hỏiyêu cầu

inquiry

[ɪnˈkwaɪərɪ]
A. N
1. (= question) → interrogante m or f, pregunta f
"Inquiries"Información f
"all inquiries to the secretary"para cualquier información diríjanse al secretario
on inquiryal preguntar
to make inquiries (about sth)pedir información or informarse (sobre algo)
I'll make some inquiries about flightsme informaré de los vuelos
I went to make inquiries of his teacherfui a preguntarle a su profesor
a look of inquiryuna mirada inquisitiva
2. (= investigation) → investigación f, pesquisa f; (= commission) → comisión f investigadora, comisión f de investigación
there will have to be an inquirytendrá que llevarse a cabo una investigación
to hold an inquiry into sthllevar a cabo una investigación sobre algo, investigar algo
they set up an inquiry into the disasternombraron a una comisión para investigar el desastre
the police are making inquiriesla policía está investigando el caso
the inquiry found thatla investigación concluyó que ...
3. (Comput) → interrogación f
B. CPD inquiry agent (o.f.) Ninvestigador(a) m/f privado/a
inquiry desk Nmesa f de información
inquiry office Noficina f de información

inquiry

[ɪnˈkwaɪəri]
n
(= request for information) → demande f de renseignements, demande f d'information
an inquiry about sth → une demande de renseignements au sujet de qch, une demande d'information au sujet de qch
We had 500 inquiries about our advertisement → Nous avons eu 500 demandes d'information au sujet de notre annonce., Nous avons eu 500 demandes de renseignements au sujet de notre annonce.
After a brief inquiry about the Christmas holidays, he → Après s'être enquis brièvement des vacances de Noël, il ...
to make inquiries about sth → s'enquérir de qch, se renseigner sur qch
"inquiries" → "renseignements"
to make some inquiries → prendre quelques renseignements
(= official investigation) → enquête f
MPs have called for an inquiry → Les députés ont demandé l'ouverture d'une enquête.
Police are following a new line of inquiry → La police suit une nouvelle ligne d'investigation.
a murder inquiry → une enquête pour meurtre
I had become a suspect in a murder inquiry → J'étais devenu un suspect dans une enquête pour meurtre.
the Steven Andrews murder inquiry → l'enquête sur le meurtre de Steven Andrews
an inquiry into sth → une enquête sur qch
to hold an inquiry into sth → enquêter sur qch, mener une enquête sur qch
helping police with their inquiries (British)
He is helping police with their inquiries → Il est entendu comme témoin. public inquiry, parliamentary inquiry
modif [team, panel] → d'enquêteurs(d'enquêtrices); [report] → d'enquête
The inquiry report included 55 recommendations → Le rapport d'enquête comprenait 55 recommandations.inquiry desk n (British)guichet m de renseignementsinquiry office n (British)bureau m de renseignements

inquiry

[, (US)], enquiry
n n
(= question)Anfrage f (→ about über +acc); (for tourist information, direction etc) → Erkundigung f (→ about über +acc, → nach); to make inquiriesErkundigungen einziehen; (police etc)Nachforschungen anstellen (about sb über jdn, about sth nach etw); all inquiries to …alle Anfragen an (+acc); Inquiries (office) → Auskunft f; he is helping the police with their inquiries (euph)er wird von der Polizei vernommen
(= investigation)Untersuchung f; to hold an inquiry into the cause of the accidenteine Untersuchung der Unfallursache durchführen; court of inquiryUntersuchungskommission f

inquiry

[ɪnˈkwaɪərɪ] n
a. (question) → domanda, richiesta di informazioni
"Inquiries" (on sign) → "Informazioni"
on inquiry he found that ... → essendosi informato scoprì che...
to make inquiries (about sth) → chiedere informazioni (su qc), informarsi (di or su qc)
b. (Admin, Law) → inchiesta
committee of inquiry → commissione f d'inchiesta
to hold an inquiry into sth → svolgere un'inchiesta su qc
the police are making inquiries → la polizia sta indagando, la polizia sta svolgendo delle indagini

inquire,

enquire

(inˈkwaiə) verb
1. to ask. He inquired the way to the art gallery; She inquired what time the bus left.
2. (with about) to ask for information about. They inquired about trains to London.
3. (with after) to ask for information about the state of (eg a person's health). He enquired after her mother.
4. (with for) to ask to see or talk to (a person). Someone rang up inquiring for you, but you were out.
5. (with for) to ask for (goods in a shop etc). Several people have been inquiring for the new catalogue.
6. (with into) to try to discover the facts of. The police are inquiring into the matter.
inˈquiry ( American also ˈinkwəri) , enˈquiry (American also ˈenkwəri) plural inquiries, ~enquiries noun
1. (an act of) asking or investigating. His inquiries led him to her hotel; (also adjective) All questions will be dealt with at the inquiry desk.
2. an investigation. An inquiry is being held into her disappearance.
make inquiries
to ask for information.

inquiry

إِسْتِعْلامٌ, اِسْتِعْلام dotaz forespørgsel Anfrage, Erkundigung διερεύνηση, έρευνα consulta, indagación, investigación tiedustelu enquête upit domanda, indagine 問い合わせ 문의, 질문 navraag, onderzoek forespørsel pytanie, zapytanie averiguação, indagação, pedido de informação вопрос, запрос förfrågan, utredning การไต่สวน, การสอบสวน araştırma, soru câu hỏi, yêu cầu 查询, 质询
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Nor did Meg miss any of the romance from the daily parting, when her husband followed up his kiss with the tender inquiry, "Shall I send some veal or mutton for dinner, darling?
Although on the next day she discovered, through an inquiry made by the town marshal, on what adventure the boys had gone, she could not quiet herself.
He whispered an anxious inquiry of the lady in black, who did not notice him or reply, but kept her eyes fastened upon the pages of her velvet prayer-book.
You will diminish them, indeed," returned the arch girl; "for never did I hear a more unworthy conjunction of execution and language than that to which I have been listening; and I was far gone in a learned inquiry into the causes of such an unfitness between sound and sense, when you broke the charm of my musings by that bass of yours, Duncan
There has been constant inquiry for cheap raisins, and a great cry for whistles, and trumpets, and jew's-harps; and at least a dozen little boys have asked for molasses-candy.
It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at bottom.
An inquiry was set on foot, and after diligent investigation they came upon his traces.
It took little time to see that I could sound without forms of inquiry and without exciting remark any domestic complications.
On one side hung a very large oil-painting so thoroughly besmoked, and every way defaced, that in the unequal cross-lights by which you viewed it, it was only by diligent study and a series of systematic visits to it, and careful inquiry of the neighbors, that you could any way arrive at an understanding of its purpose.
In vain it was to rake for Ambergriese in the paunch of this Leviathan, insufferable fetor denying not inquiry.
He said that mistress had been in a dreadful way ever since dark, fearing some accident had happened, and that she had sent James off on Justice, the roan cob, toward the wooden bridge to make inquiry after us.
Marija went home, singing out loud all the way, and was just in time to join Ona and her stepmother as they were setting out to go and make inquiry concerning the house.