The noun enquiry is a British spelling of the word "inquiry." Both words mean the act of asking questions to gain information. If you are in London, you can make enquiries about the opening times of the many museums there.

Although enquiry is now considered the variant spelling in the United States, it was the original English spelling of the word that comes from the Old French word enquerre. The noun also means a systematic investigation, usually undertaken for the benefit of the public. If you discover pollution in your local river, the government may open an enquiry into the source of the pollution and ways to clean it up.

Definitions of enquiry

n an instance of questioning

inquiry, interrogation, query, question
the speech act of replying to a question
Type of:
inquiring, questioning
a request for information

n a systematic investigation of a matter of public interest

means test
an inquiry into the financial position of someone applying for financial aid
an inquiry into the cause of an unexpected death
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investigating, investigation
the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically

n a search for knowledge

inquiry, research
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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
the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies
pilot experiment
a preliminary experiment whose outcome can lead to a more extensive experiment
test, trial, trial run, tryout
trying something to find out about it
fishing expedition
an investigation undertaken in the hope (but not the stated purpose) of discovering information
exit poll
a poll of voters as they leave the voting place; usually taken by news media in order to predict the outcome of an election
straw poll, straw vote
an unofficial vote taken to determine opinion on some issue
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problem solving
the thought processes involved in solving a problem

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