Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of inquiring.
  • n. A question; a query.
  • n. A close examination of a matter in a search for information or truth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of inquiring; a seeking of information by asking questions; interrogation; a question or questioning.
  • n. Search for truth, information, or knowledge; examination of facts or principles; research; investigation; as, physical inquiries.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of inquiring; a seeking for information by asking questions; interrogation; a question or questioning.
  • n. Search for truth, information, or knowledge; examination into facts or principles; research; investigation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Search for truth, information, or knowledge; examination into facts or principles: as, an inquiry into the truth of a report.
  • n. The act of inquiring; a seeking for information by asking questions; interrogation; inquisition.
  • n. A question; an interrogation; a query.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a search for knowledge
  • n. a systematic investigation of a matter of public interest
  • n. an instance of questioning

Etymologies

Middle English enquery, from the Old French verb enquerre, from Latin inquīrō. Later respelled to conform to the original Latin spelling, as opposed to the Old French spelling. (Wiktionary)

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