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 (ĕn-kwīr′ē, ĕn′kwə-rē)
n. pl. en·quir·ies Chiefly British
Variant of inquiry.


(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.
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).
See also related terms for inquiry.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.enquiry - an instance of questioningenquiry - 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
2.enquiry - a search for knowledgeenquiry - 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
3.enquiry - 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


see inquiry


also enquiry
1. A request for data:
2. A seeking of knowledge, data, or the truth about something:
References in classic literature ?
Elinor wished very much to ask whether Willoughby were then in town, but she was afraid of giving him pain by any enquiry after his rival; and at length, by way of saying something, she asked if he had been in London ever since she had seen him last.
He proposes to continue the enquiry. But how, asks Meno, can he enquire either into what he knows or into what he does not know?
I told them, what I-- really thought, that the enquiry would be of a serious nature, and would require very good eyes.