Meaning of enquiry


The noun enquiry is a British spelling of the word “inquiry.” Both words mean the act of asking questions to gain information. If you are in London, you can make enquiries about the opening times of the many museums there.

Although enquiry is now considered the variant spelling in the United States, it was the original English spelling of the word that comes from the Old French word enquerre. The noun also means a systematic investigation, usually undertaken for the benefit of the public. If you discover pollution in your local river, the government may open an enquiry into the source of the pollution and ways to clean it up.

Definitions of enquiry
  1. noun

    an instance of questioning


    inquiry, interrogation, query, question

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    the speech act of replying to a question
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    inquiring, questioning

    a request for information

  2. noun

    a systematic investigation of a matter of public interest



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    means test

    an inquiry into the financial position of someone applying for financial aid

    an inquiry into the cause of an unexpected death
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    investigating, investigation

    the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically

  3. noun

    a search for knowledge


    inquiry, research

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    nature study

    the study of animals and plants in the natural world (usually at an elementary level)
    experiment, experimentation

    the testing of an idea
    empirical research

    an empirical search for knowledge
    investigation, probe

    an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities
    canvass, opinion poll, poll, public opinion poll

    an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people

    the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies
    pilot experiment

    a preliminary experiment whose outcome can lead to a more extensive experiment
    test, trial, trial run, tryout

    trying something to find out about it
    fishing expedition

    an investigation undertaken in the hope (but not the stated purpose) of discovering information
    exit poll

    a poll of voters as they leave the voting place; usually taken by news media in order to predict the outcome of an election
    straw poll, straw vote

    an unofficial vote taken to determine opinion on some issue
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    problem solving

    the thought processes involved in solving a problem

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