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noun [C] (PROCESS) (UK also enquiry)     /ɪnˈkwaɪə.ri/ US  /ˈɪŋ.kwɚ.i/
C2 an official process to discover the facts about something bad that has happened: a judicial inquiry Citizens have demanded a full inquiry into the government's handling of the epidemic.Analysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating value
(Definition of inquiry noun (PROCESS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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