inquiry - definition and synonyms


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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.