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

  • n. The act or process of investigating.
  • n. A detailed inquiry or systematic examination. See Synonyms at inquiry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of investigating; the process of inquiring into or following up; research; study; inquiry, especially patient or thorough inquiry or examination; as, the investigations of the philosopher and the mathematician; the investigations of the judge, the moralist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of investigating; the process of inquiring into or following up; research; study; inquiry, esp. patient or thorough inquiry or examination

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of investigating; the making of a search or inquiry; detailed or particularized examination to ascertain the truth in regard to something; careful research.
  • n. Synonyms Inquisition, Inquiry, etc. (see examination); overhauling, probing. See inference.

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

  • n. the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
  • n. an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities

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