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English Dictionary: inquiry by the DICT Development Group
2 results for inquiry
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a search for knowledge; "their pottery deserves more research than it has received"
    Synonym(s): inquiry, enquiry, research
  2. an instance of questioning; "there was a question about my training"; "we made inquiries of all those who were present"
    Synonym(s): question, inquiry, enquiry, query, interrogation
    Antonym(s): answer
  3. a systematic investigation of a matter of public interest
    Synonym(s): inquiry, enquiry
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Inquiry \In*quir"y\, n.; pl. {Inquiries}. [See {Inquire}.]
      [Written also {enquiry}.]
      1. The act of inquiring; a seeking for information by asking
            questions; interrogation; a question or questioning.
                     He could no path nor track of foot descry, Nor by
                     inquiry learn, nor guess by aim.         --Spenser.
                     The men which were sent from Cornelius had made
                     inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the
                     gate.                                                --Acts x. 17.
      2. Search for truth, information, or knoledge; examination
            into facts or principles; research; invextigation; as,
            physical inquiries.
                     All that is wanting to the perfection of this art
                     will undoubtedly be found, if able men . . . will
                     make inquiry into it.                        --Dryden.
      {Court of inquiry}. See under {Court}.
      {Writ of inquiry}, a writ issued in certain actions at law,
            where the defendant has suffered judgment to pass against
            him by default, in order to ascertain and assess the
            plaintiff's damages, where they can not readily be
            ascertained by mere calculation. --Burrill.
      Syn: Interrogation; interrogatory; question; query; scrutiny;
               investigation; research; examination.
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