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’
    • ‘Limited information was only provided once the media made inquiries.’
    • ‘He said officers are making enquiries to trace the source of the leaflets.’
    • ‘They'd had an enquiry about the price of some of the information they sell.’
    • ‘Recently a family were making enquiries about a Bernie Madden, long deceased now.’
    • ‘We frequently get inquiries over the phone from investors wanting information.’
    • ‘Last year the advice line received 275,000 inquiries from callers with an average age of 16.’
    • ‘Of late, enquiries seem to be pouring in regarding its possible use for various purposes.’
    • ‘In reply to your enquiry I inform you that I was not late for my lecture since it did not start before I arrived.’
    • ‘Staff expect most inquiries by phone, but with a substantial number of applications being made on-line.’
    • ‘Colin said he would be making enquiries on the ground to find out what went on.’
    • ‘Police said nobody has been arrested as yet and they are still making enquiries.’
    • ‘In contrast, the top enquiry in November 2002 was about product information.’
    • ‘Police initially put out an appeal for information to discover her identity and began house to house enquiries.’
    • ‘The site provides its phone number only obscurely and encourages all inquiries by E-mail.’
    • ‘The local authority made a number of inquiries seeking information about her situation in Holland.’
    • ‘Despite making enquiries the gentleman who found the money has still not located the owner.’
    • ‘They do not keep us informed or respond to enquiries and appointments are frequently cancelled and work not completed.’
    • ‘Police are currently conducting house-to-house enquiries and making forensic examinations.’
    • ‘They also made door-to-door enquiries to gather further information from residents in the area.’
    • ‘This will generate yet more lines of inquiry for the press to explore.’
    • ‘Despite this, the two Londoners have vowed to fight on and are understood now to be pursuing fresh lines of inquiry.’
    • ‘To help us put an end to the current spate of enquiries, please pass this information on to all contacts.’
    • ‘The task to identify other members is never ending with the society receiving inquiries and information every month.’
    • ‘But the police were pursuing several lines of inquiry linked to her job as a TV presenter.’
    • ‘Last year saw a record 160,000 visitor inquiries at the information centre.’
    • ‘He does not recall if he made inquiries to get ownership information.’
    • ‘Police believe they may have information which can help officers with their enquiries.’
    • ‘He said that he would welcome any further inquiry as to the details of the information which he then gave below.’
    • ‘In an investigation of this nature there will be hundreds of similar lines of inquiry.’
    • ‘Those of us working in paediatric imaging expected a deluge of inquiries from worried parents.’
    • ‘On making enquiries he hears the Champion has moved down to another road.’
    • ‘The police are now carrying out door-to-door enquiries and urging people with information to come forward.’
    • ‘After making inquiries along these lines, 6 schools came forward with their requests.’
    • ‘As with all forms of information or methods of inquiry, both good and bad examples exist.’
    • ‘All are welcome and all enquiries, problems or queries will be treated in confidence.’
    • ‘Police said they were following a line of inquiry that one person was responsible for the crime.’
    • ‘We are making enquiries to trace these people.’
    • ‘I will attempt to assist you with your enquiry as soon as possible, and hopefully get back to you tomorrow.’
    • ‘The information center expects most inquiries to come in by phone or email.’
    • ‘We have an open door policy and would invite people to drop in at any time for information or inquiries as to the support or services we have to offer.’
    question, query
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    1. 1.1 An official investigation.
      • ‘The newspaper is to submit the investigation as evidence for next month's inquiry.’
      • ‘The blaze was being treated as suspicious and investigators were carrying out inquiries to find out exactly how it had started.’
      • ‘He is said to be a difficult and ambiguous study so preliminary enquiry seemed needed.’
      • ‘Police would like to speak to this man who may have witness information to assist the inquiry.’
      • ‘His case is one of many that the families of those who have died want to be investigated by a public inquiry.’
      • ‘Regrettably, public inquiries along these lines would take weeks, if not months.’
      • ‘Department inquiries against nearly 60 employees and officials are pending.’
      • ‘There was an official inquiry into the killing, but it has not resulted in any prosecutions.’
      • ‘It is hoped the reconstruction will jog some memories and bring in some information to help the inquiry.’
      • ‘The government has declared two days of mourning and an official inquiry into the crash.’
      • ‘Winchester must wait months before the inquiry over a controversial phone mast is completed.’
      • ‘They also want to trace two teenage boys who might have information which could help with the inquiry.’
      • ‘There is wild talk of inquiries and commissions of investigations in the air.’
      • ‘Rail investigators are still examining the cause of the crash, with inquiries focusing on the faulty points.’
      • ‘She say they are awaiting the results of the official enquiry.’
      • ‘Those are exactly the sorts of matters that are being investigated by the inquiry.’
      • ‘If the Hutton inquiry is any indication, the British hunger for information might be insatiable.’
      • ‘Recent Freedom of Information inquiries show similar extravagance with public service travel.’
      • ‘After all the inquiries and investigations and demonstrations, he's still there.’
      • ‘This would be investigated by the independent inquiry set up to look at failings by police and care workers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A police accident and investigation team were called to the scene and an enquiry has been launched.’
      • ‘They may have seen something suspicious and have information vital to the inquiry.’
      • ‘That kind of information may come out at a fatality inquiry scheduled for the fall, he said.’
      investigation, examination, exploration, probe, search, scrutiny, scrutinization, study, inspection
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