Definition of enquiry in English:



  • 1An act of asking for information:

    ‘the police were making enquiries in all the neighbouring pubs’
    [mass noun] ‘her mind was buzzing with possible lines of enquiry’
    • ‘In reply to your enquiry I inform you that I was not late for my lecture since it did not start before I arrived.’
    • ‘Police believe they may have information which can help officers with their enquiries.’
    • ‘I will attempt to assist you with your enquiry as soon as possible, and hopefully get back to you tomorrow.’
    • ‘They also made door-to-door enquiries to gather further information from residents in the area.’
    • ‘All are welcome and all enquiries, problems or queries will be treated in confidence.’
    • ‘We are making enquiries to trace these people.’
    • ‘They'd had an enquiry about the price of some of the information they sell.’
    • ‘He said officers are making enquiries to trace the source of the leaflets.’
    • ‘Of late, enquiries seem to be pouring in regarding its possible use for various purposes.’
    • ‘They do not keep us informed or respond to enquiries and appointments are frequently cancelled and work not completed.’
    • ‘Police said nobody has been arrested as yet and they are still making enquiries.’
    • ‘To help us put an end to the current spate of enquiries, please pass this information on to all contacts.’
    • ‘Police are currently conducting house-to-house enquiries and making forensic examinations.’
    • ‘On making enquiries he hears the Champion has moved down to another road.’
    • ‘In contrast, the top enquiry in November 2002 was about product information.’
    • ‘The police are now carrying out door-to-door enquiries and urging people with information to come forward.’
    • ‘Police initially put out an appeal for information to discover her identity and began house to house enquiries.’
    • ‘Colin said he would be making enquiries on the ground to find out what went on.’
    • ‘Despite making enquiries the gentleman who found the money has still not located the owner.’
    • ‘Recently a family were making enquiries about a Bernie Madden, long deceased now.’
    question, query
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    1. 1.1 An official investigation.
      • ‘Not long ago, a public enquiry was set up to investigate.’
      • ‘It is understood that the police are following a definite line of enquiry and an arrest could be imminent.’
      • ‘She say they are awaiting the results of the official enquiry.’
      • ‘Police confirmed yesterday that they have a definite line of enquiry in connection with this robbery.’
      • ‘The case remains open and any possible new line of enquiry, no matter how minor, would be followed up.’
      • ‘A police accident and investigation team were called to the scene and an enquiry has been launched.’
      • ‘He is said to be a difficult and ambiguous study so preliminary enquiry seemed needed.’
      • ‘The exact circumstances of his death are to be investigated by three separate enquiries.’
      • ‘The enquiry in Singapore was carried out by Inspectors appointed by the Minister of Finance.’
      investigation, examination, exploration, probe, search, scrutiny, scrutinization, study, inspection
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