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noun inquiry pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈkwaɪəri/
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  1. [countable] a question intended to get information about someone or something
    There have already been over 300 inquiries from people interested.
    inquiry about: Discreet inquiries about his business affairs revealed little.
    make inquiries (=ask questions): Police are making inquiries in the neighbourhood.
    be helping the police with their inquiries British (=be being questioned about a case, but not yet charged with a crime): A 27-year-old man is helping the police with their inquiries.
    1. a.
      [countable] an official examination of a crime, accident, problem etc, in order to get information or the truth
      inquiry into: The public is demanding an inquiry into the incident.
      launch/hold/conduct an inquiry: The University will hold a disciplinary inquiry into the affair in May.
    2. b.
      [uncountable] the process of asking about something or examining something in order to get more information
      inquiry into: Inquiry into a possible motive turned up nothing.
      a line of inquiry (=a particular subject about which you ask questions): There’s no need to pursue this line of inquiry any further.


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