in·quir·y (ĭn-kwīrē, ĭnkwīr′ē, ĭnkwə-rē, ĭng-)
n. pl. in·quir·ies
1. The act of inquiring: engaged in scientific inquiry.
2. A question; a query: There were many inquiries about the new tax rates.
3. A close examination of a matter: a Congressional inquiry into the scandal.
Synonyms: inquiry, inquisition, investigation, probe
These nouns denote a quest for knowledge, data, or truth: filed an inquiry about the lost shipment; an inquisition into their political activities; a criminal investigation; a probe into alleged police corruption.
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