- in|quir|yW3 enquiry [ınˈkwaıəri US ınˈkwaıri, ˈıŋkwəri] n plural inquiries1.)a question you ask in order to get informationinquiry about▪ We're getting a lot of inquiries about our new London-Rio service.inquiry from▪ inquiries from potential applicants▪ I don't know who sent the gift, but I'll make some inquiries .help the police with their inquiriesBrE (=to answer questions about a crime)2.) [U]the act or process of asking questions in order to get information▪ On further inquiry, it emerged that Malcolm had not been involved in the incident.▪ The local council set up a committee of inquiry to look into policing arrangements.scientific/intellectual inquiry3.)an official process to find out about somethinginquiry into▪ a judicial inquiry into the deathslaunch/set up/hold an inquiry (into sth)▪ The Civil Aviation Authority has agreed to hold an inquiry into the accident.▪ The police have launched a murder inquiry .▪ Parents have called for an independent inquiry into the accident.→line of inquiry at ↑line1 (12)
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.