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 :
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. 2005