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"inquiry" in British English

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inquirynoun

(UK also enquiry) uk   /ɪnˈkwaɪə.ri/  us   /ˈɪŋ.kwɚ.i/
  • inquiry noun (QUESTION)

B1 [C or U] (the ​process of ​asking) a ​question: I've been making inquiries about/into the ​cost of a round-the-world ​ticket.formal Inquiry into the ​matter is ​pointless - no one will ​tell you anything.

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(Definition of inquiry from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inquiry" in American English

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inquirynoun [C/U]

(also enquiry)  us   /ɪnˈkwɑɪər·i, ˈɪn·kwə·ri/
the ​act of ​asking for ​information: [C] I’ve made inquiries about the ​cost of a ​ticket.
An inquiry is also an ​officialattempt to ​discover the ​facts about something.
(Definition of inquiry from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"inquiry" in Business English

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inquirynoun

uk   us   /ɪnˈkwaɪəri/ (plural inquiries) ( UK also enquiry (plural enquiries))
[C] a ​question or ​request for ​information about someone or something: receive/get an inquiry The ​company has received more than 1,000 inquiries since they ​launched the ​insurancepolicy last month.make an inquiry about sth We have received hundreds of ​calls from ​people making inquiries about ​availability of the ​product.inquiries from sb A customer-relations ​service answers 2,000 inquiries from the ​public each week.customer/media inquiry Please ​note that this ​number is for ​media inquiries only. to answer/​deal with/​handle inquiries a telephone/​email inquiry initial/​preliminary/further inquiries general/​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] GOVERNMENT an ​officialprocess to discover the facts about something, especially something ​bad that has ​happened: hold/launch/open an inquiry into sth The 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] IT an attempt to ​findinformation that is ​keptelectronically: The ​databasemanagementsystemoffers a ​facility for on-line ​update and inquiry.
line of inquiry (plural lines of inquiry)
a way of ​finding out ​information: The ​company is ​pursuing its own ​lines of inquiry into the ​fraud.
(Definition of inquiry from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“inquiry” in British English

“inquiry” in Business English

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