Meaning of INQUIRY in English


in ‧ quir ‧ y W2 BrE AmE , enquiry /ɪnˈkwaɪəri $ ɪnˈkwaɪri, ˈɪŋkwəri/ noun ( plural inquiries )

1 . [countable] a question you ask in order to get information

inquiry about

We’re getting a lot of inquiries about our new London–Rio service.

inquiry from

inquiries from potential applicants

I don’t know who sent the gift, but I’ll make some inquiries.

help the police with their inquiries British English (=to answer questions about a crime)

2 . [uncountable] the act or process of asking questions in order to get information:

On further inquiry, it emerged that Malcolm had not been involved in the incident.

The local council set up a committee of inquiry to look into policing arrangements.

scientific/intellectual inquiry

3 . [countable] an official process to find out about something

inquiry into

a judicial inquiry into the deaths

launch/set up/hold an inquiry (into something)

The Civil Aviation Authority has agreed to hold an inquiry into the accident.

The police have launched a murder inquiry.

Parents have called for an independent inquiry into the accident.

⇨ line of inquiry at ↑ line 1 (12)

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 1)

■ verbs

▪ make an inquiry

The police are making inquiries to discover the cause of the accident.

▪ get/have an inquiry (=receive it)

We’ve already had a lot of inquiries about membership of the new sports centre.

▪ receive an inquiry formal

The television station has received several inquiries from viewers requesting a repeat of the programme.

▪ handle/deal with an inquiry

Staff will be available to deal with inquiries.

▪ answer an inquiry ( also respond to an inquiry formal )

The government has not yet answered our inquiry.

■ adjectives

▪ a general inquiry

There is a need for a general inquiry into the train company’s safety standards.

▪ a specific inquiry

His job is to answer specific inquiries by individuals or groups.

▪ a written inquiry

I submitted a written inquiry to the local council.

■ phrases

▪ a flood/stream of inquiries

The special offer has produced a flood of inquiries from interested customers.

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 3)

■ verbs

▪ hold an inquiry

The government has refused to hold an inquiry into the incident.

▪ launch/set up an inquiry (=start it)

Police launched an inquiry yesterday after a man was killed by a patrol car.


▪ an official inquiry

The outcome of the official inquiry will be eagerly awaited.

▪ a public inquiry (=one which is open to members of the public)

MPs are demanding a public inquiry into the explosion at the nuclear power station.

▪ an independent inquiry (=one that is organized by people who are not involved in a situation)

The Labour Party is calling for an independent inquiry into the conduct of the police.

▪ a police inquiry

The case has been reopened with a police inquiry.

▪ a judicial inquiry (=one involving a judge)

Calls for a judicial inquiry into the affair are growing louder.

▪ a government inquiry (=organized by the government)

A government inquiry was set up into discipline in schools.

▪ a murder inquiry

Police say they haven’t launched a murder inquiry at this stage.

▪ an accident inquiry

The accident inquiry revealed that the accident had been caused by human error.

▪ a parliamentary/congressional inquiry (=by Parliament/Congress)

The report of a parliamentary inquiry into the drugs trade is published today.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.