›[C]a question or request for information about someone or something: receive/get an inquiryThe company has received more than 1,000 inquiries since they launched the insurance policy last month.make an inquiry about sthWe have received hundreds of calls from people making inquiries about availability of the product.inquiries from sbA customer-relations service answers 2,000 inquiries from the public each week.customer/media inquiryPlease note that this number is for media inquiries only.to answer/deal with/handle inquiriesa telephone/email inquiryinitial/preliminary/further inquiriesgeneral/specific inquiries
›[U]the process of asking a question or asking for information about someone or something: On further inquiry, the company was told that the contracts had been cancelled.
›[C]GOVERNMENTan official process to discover the facts about something, especially something bad that has happened: hold/launch/open an inquiry into sthThe Competitions Commission will hold an inquiry into the incident.The Council has set up an independent inquiry which will show the effect of closure of the plant.
›[C or U]ITan attempt to find information that is kept electronically: The database management system offers a facility for on-line update and inquiry.
line of inquiry(plurallines of inquiry)›a way of finding out information: The company is pursuing its own lines of inquiry into the fraud.