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Definition of inquiry noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (also enquiry) noun
    , NAmE//ɪnˈkwaɪəri//
    (pl. inquiries, enquiries)
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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 inquiry inquiry into something a public inquiry into the environmental effects of the proposed new road to hold/order an inquiry into the affair
  2. 2[countable] a request for information about someone or something; a question about someone or something a telephone inquiry inquiry (from somebody) (about somebody/something) We received over 300 inquiries about the job. inquiries from prospective students I'll have to make a few inquiries (= try to find out about it) and get back to you. All inquiries should be addressed to the customer services department.
  3. 3[uncountable] the act of asking questions or collecting information about someone or something scientific inquiry The police are following several lines of inquiry.
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