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Definition of enquiry noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    enquiry

     noun
    (especially British English) (also inquiry North American English, British English) noun
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈkwaɪəri//
     
    ; NAmE usually NAmE//ˈɪnkwəri//
     
    , NAmE//ɪnˈkwaɪəri//
     
    (pl. enquiries, inquiries) In the store
     
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  1. 1  [countable] an official process to find out the cause of something or to find out information about something a murder enquiry enquiry into something a public enquiry into the environmental effects of the proposed new road to hold/order an enquiry into the affair CollocationsCrimeCommitting a crime commit a crime/​a murder/​a violent assault/​a brutal killing/​an armed robbery/​fraud be involved in terrorism/​a suspected arson attack/​people smuggling/​human trafficking engage/​participate in criminal activity/​illegal practices/​acts of mindless vandalism steal somebody’s wallet/​purse/(British English) mobile phone/(North American English) cell phone rob a bank/​a person/​a tourist break into/ (British English) burgle/ (North American English) burglarize a house/​a home/​an apartment hijack a plane/​ship/​bus smuggle drugs/​weapons/​arms/​immigrants launder drug money (through something) forge documents/​certificates/​passports take/​accept/​pay somebody/​offer (somebody) a bribe run a phishing/​an email/​an Internet scamFighting crime combat/​fight crime/​terrorism/​corruption/​drug trafficking prevent/​stop credit-card fraud/​child abuse/​software piracy deter/​stop criminals/​burglars/​thieves/​shoplifters/​vandals reduce/​tackle/​crack down on knife/​gun/​violent/​street crime; (especially British English) antisocial behaviour foil a bank raid/​a terrorist plot help/​support/​protect the victims of crimeInvestigating crime report a crime/​a theft/​a rape/​an attack/(especially British English) an incident to the police witness the crime/​attack/​murder/​incident investigate a murder/(especially North American English) a homicide/​a burglary/​a robbery/​the alleged incident conduct/​launch/​pursue an investigation (into…); (especially British English) a police/​murder inquiry investigate/​reopen a criminal/​murder case examine/​investigate/​find fingerprints at the crime scene/​the scene of crime collect/​gather forensic evidence uncover new evidence/​a fraud/​a scam/​a plot/​a conspiracy/​political corruption/​a cache of weapons describe/​identify a suspect/​the culprit/​the perpetrator/​the assailant/​the attacker question/​interrogate a suspect/​witness solve/​crack the case
  2. 2  [countable] a request for information about somebody/something; a question about somebody/something a telephone enquiry enquiry (from somebody) (about somebody/something) We received over 300 enquiries about the job. enquiries from prospective students I'll have to make a few enquiries (= try to find out about it) and get back to you. (British English) Two men have been helping police with their enquiries (= are being questioned about a crime, but have not been charged with it). All enquiries should be addressed to the customer services department.
  3. 3[uncountable] the act of asking questions or collecting information about somebody/something scientific enquiry The police are following several lines of enquiry. a committee of enquiry
  4. 4enquiries [plural] (British English) a place where you can get information Ask at enquiries to see if your bag has been handed in. see also directory enquiries See related entries: In the store
  5. In British English people sometimes distinguish between enquiry and inquiry, using enquiry for the general meaning of ‘a request for information’ and inquiry for the more particular meaning of ‘official investigation’enquiries from prospective studentsa murder inquiry. However, you can use either spelling in either meaning. In American English inquiry is usually used in both meanings.

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