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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 ?
About this time I returned to Kentucke with my family; and here, to avoid an enquiry into my conduct, the reader being before informed of my bringing my family to Kentucke, I am under the necessity of informing him that, during my captivity with the Indians, my wife, who despaired of ever seeing me again, expecting the Indians had put a period to my life, oppressed with the distresses of the country, and bereaved of me, her only happiness, had, before I returned, transported my family and goods, on horses, through the wilderness, amidst a multitude of dangers, to her father's house, in North-Carolina.
And the next morning, the first indication the child gave of being awake was by popping up her head from the pillow, and making that other enquiry, which she had so unaccountably connected with her investigations about the scarlet letter --
But they learnt, on enquiry, that its possessor, an elderly lady of very good character, was unfortunately too infirm to mix with the world, and never stirred from home.
I won him in single fight from the Soldan of Trebizond mount, I say, behind me in one short hour is pursuit and enquiry far behind a new world of pleasure opens to thee to me a new career of fame.