Meaning of ENQUIRY in English


(also in·quiry especially in NAmE ) / ɪnˈkwaɪəri; NAmE ; NAmE usually ˈɪnkwəri/ noun ( pl. -ies )


[ C ] enquiry (into sth) an official process to find out the cause of sth or to find out information about sth :

to hold / order an enquiry into the affair

a murder enquiry

a public enquiry into the environmental effects of the proposed new road


[ C ] enquiry (from sb) (about sb/sth) a request for information about sb/sth; a question about sb/sth :

a telephone enquiry

We received over 300 enquiries about the job.

I'll have to make a few enquiries (= try to find out about it) and get back to you.

enquiries from prospective students

( BrE )

Two men have been helping police with their enquiries (= are being questioned about a crime, but have not been charged with it) .


[ U ] the act of asking questions or collecting information about sb/sth :

scientific enquiry

The police are following several lines of enquiry .

a committee of enquiry


enquiries [ pl. ] ( BrE ) a place where you can get information :

Ask at enquiries to see if your bag has been handed in.

—see also directory enquiries

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.