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’
    • ‘He said officers are making enquiries to trace the source of the leaflets.’
    • ‘Police said they were following a line of inquiry that one person was responsible for the crime.’
    • ‘In an investigation of this nature there will be hundreds of similar lines of inquiry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Police initially put out an appeal for information to discover her identity and began house to house enquiries.’
    • ‘In contrast, the top enquiry in November 2002 was about product information.’
    • ‘But the police were pursuing several lines of inquiry linked to her job as a TV presenter.’
    • ‘We frequently get inquiries over the phone from investors wanting information.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite making enquiries the gentleman who found the money has still not located the owner.’
    • ‘Police said nobody has been arrested as yet and they are still making enquiries.’
    • ‘Colin said he would be making enquiries on the ground to find out what went on.’
    • ‘As with all forms of information or methods of inquiry, both good and bad examples exist.’
    • ‘On making enquiries he hears the Champion has moved down to another road.’
    • ‘The local authority made a number of inquiries seeking information about her situation in Holland.’
    • ‘In reply to your enquiry I inform you that I was not late for my lecture since it did not start before I arrived.’
    • ‘All are welcome and all enquiries, problems or queries will be treated in confidence.’
    • ‘Staff expect most inquiries by phone, but with a substantial number of applications being made on-line.’
    • ‘I will attempt to assist you with your enquiry as soon as possible, and hopefully get back to you tomorrow.’
    • ‘The site provides its phone number only obscurely and encourages all inquiries by E-mail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last year saw a record 160,000 visitor inquiries at the information centre.’
    • ‘Recently a family were making enquiries about a Bernie Madden, long deceased now.’
    • ‘Those of us working in paediatric imaging expected a deluge of inquiries from worried parents.’
    • ‘They also made door-to-door enquiries to gather further information from residents in the area.’
    • ‘Police are currently conducting house-to-house enquiries and making forensic examinations.’
    • ‘He said that he would welcome any further inquiry as to the details of the information which he then gave below.’
    • ‘We are making enquiries to trace these people.’
    • ‘They'd had an enquiry about the price of some of the information they sell.’
    • ‘This will generate yet more lines of inquiry for the press to explore.’
    • ‘They do not keep us informed or respond to enquiries and appointments are frequently cancelled and work not completed.’
    • ‘Police believe they may have information which can help officers with their enquiries.’
    • ‘Despite this, the two Londoners have vowed to fight on and are understood now to be pursuing fresh lines of inquiry.’
    • ‘Limited information was only provided once the media made inquiries.’
    • ‘Of late, enquiries seem to be pouring in regarding its possible use for various purposes.’
    • ‘He does not recall if he made inquiries to get ownership information.’
    • ‘Last year the advice line received 275,000 inquiries from callers with an average age of 16.’
    • ‘The information center expects most inquiries to come in by phone or email.’
    question, query
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    1. 1.1 An official investigation.
      • ‘Recent Freedom of Information inquiries show similar extravagance with public service travel.’
      • ‘There was an official inquiry into the killing, but it has not resulted in any prosecutions.’
      • ‘His case is one of many that the families of those who have died want to be investigated by a public inquiry.’
      • ‘Rail investigators are still examining the cause of the crash, with inquiries focusing on the faulty points.’
      • ‘The enquiry in Singapore was carried out by Inspectors appointed by the Minister of Finance.’
      • ‘They may have seen something suspicious and have information vital to the inquiry.’
      • ‘The blaze was being treated as suspicious and investigators were carrying out inquiries to find out exactly how it had started.’
      • ‘Police confirmed yesterday that they have a definite line of enquiry in connection with this robbery.’
      • ‘Not long ago, a public enquiry was set up to investigate.’
      • ‘The newspaper is to submit the investigation as evidence for next month's inquiry.’
      • ‘There is wild talk of inquiries and commissions of investigations in the air.’
      • ‘That kind of information may come out at a fatality inquiry scheduled for the fall, he said.’
      • ‘Police would like to speak to this man who may have witness information to assist the inquiry.’
      • ‘Winchester must wait months before the inquiry over a controversial phone mast is completed.’
      • ‘If the Hutton inquiry is any indication, the British hunger for information might be insatiable.’
      • ‘Regrettably, public inquiries along these lines would take weeks, if not months.’
      • ‘The case remains open and any possible new line of enquiry, no matter how minor, would be followed up.’
      • ‘She say they are awaiting the results of the official enquiry.’
      • ‘The exact circumstances of his death are to be investigated by three separate enquiries.’
      • ‘Department inquiries against nearly 60 employees and officials are pending.’
      • ‘He is said to be a difficult and ambiguous study so preliminary enquiry seemed needed.’
      • ‘The government has declared two days of mourning and an official inquiry into the crash.’
      • ‘It is hoped the reconstruction will jog some memories and bring in some information to help the inquiry.’
      • ‘A police accident and investigation team were called to the scene and an enquiry has been launched.’
      • ‘Those are exactly the sorts of matters that are being investigated by the inquiry.’
      • ‘This would be investigated by the independent inquiry set up to look at failings by police and care workers.’
      • ‘After all the inquiries and investigations and demonstrations, he's still there.’
      • ‘It is understood that the police are following a definite line of enquiry and an arrest could be imminent.’
      • ‘They also want to trace two teenage boys who might have information which could help with the inquiry.’
      investigation, examination, exploration, probe, search, scrutiny, scrutinization, study, inspection
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