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 Dictionary entry overview: What does enquiry mean? 

ENQUIRY (noun)
  The noun ENQUIRY has 3 senses:

1. an instance of questioning
2. a search for knowledge
3. a systematic investigation of a matter of public interest

  Familiarity information: ENQUIRY used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

ENQUIRY (noun)

Sense 1enquiry [BACK TO TOP]


An instance of questioning

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


query; enquiry; question; inquiry; interrogation

Context examples:

there was a question about my training / we made inquiries of all those who were present

Hypernyms ("enquiry" is a kind of...):

inquiring; questioning (a request for information)

Sense 2enquiry [BACK TO TOP]


A search for knowledge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


inquiry; enquiry; research

Context example:

their pottery deserves more research than it has received

Hypernyms ("enquiry" is a kind of...):

problem solving (the thought processes involved in solving a problem)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "enquiry"):

nature study (the study of animals and plants in the natural world (usually at an elementary level))

experiment; experimentation (the testing of an idea)

empirical research (an empirical search for knowledge)

investigation; probe (an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities)

canvass; opinion poll; poll; public opinion poll (an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people)

heraldry (the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies)

Sense 3enquiry [BACK TO TOP]


A systematic investigation of a matter of public interest

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


enquiry; inquiry

Hypernyms ("enquiry" is a kind of...):

investigating; investigation (the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "enquiry"):

means test (an inquiry into the financial position of someone applying for financial aid)

inquest (an inquiry into the cause of an unexpected death)

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