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Meaning of INQUIRY

Pronunciation:  in'kwIree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a systematic investigation of a matter of public interest
  2. [n]  a search for knowledge; "their pottery deserves more research than it has received"
  3. [n]  an instance of questioning; "there was a question about my training"; "we made inquiries of all those who were present"

INQUIRY is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: enquiry, enquiry, enquiry, interrogation, query, question, research
 Antonyms: answer
 See Also: canvass, empirical research, experiment, experimentation, heraldry, inquest, inquiring, investigating, investigation, investigation, means test, nature study, opinion poll, poll, probe, problem solving, public opinion poll, questioning



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*quir"y\, n.; pl. {Inquiries}. [See {Inquire}.]
[Written also {enquiry}.]
1. The act of inquiring; a seeking for information by asking
   questions; interrogation; a question or questioning.

         He could no path nor track of foot descry, Nor by
         inquiry learn, nor guess by aim.      --Spenser.

         The men which were sent from Cornelius had made
         inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the
         gate.                                 --Acts x. 17.

2. Search for truth, information, or knoledge; examination
   into facts or principles; research; invextigation; as,
   physical inquiries.

         All that is wanting to the perfection of this art
         will undoubtedly be found, if able men . . . will
         make inquiry into it.                 --Dryden.

{Court of inquiry}. See under {Court}.

{Writ of inquiry}, a writ issued in certain actions at law,
   where the defendant has suffered judgment to pass against
   him by default, in order to ascertain and assess the
   plaintiff's damages, where they can not readily be
   ascertained by mere calculation. --Burrill.

Syn: Interrogation; interrogatory; question; query; scrutiny;
     investigation; research; examination.

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