enquiry

(also inquiry esp. in AmE) noun
1 (esp. BrE) official investigation
ADJECTIVE
detailed, thorough
full, full-scale, major
initial, preliminary
immediate
ongoing
open, public
confidential
internal
independent
joint

a joint enquiry undertaken by the two departments

formal, official
informal
congressional, government, judicial, parliamentary (in the UK), police
disciplinary (BrE)
criminal
fatal-accident, fraud, murder, etc. (all BrE)
VERB + ENQUIRY
carry out (esp. BrE), conduct, have, hold, undertake
announce

The governor announced an enquiry into the events.

begin, establish, initiate, launch, open, set up, start

Police have launched a murder enquiry.

complete
adjourn (BrE)
reopen
call for, demand

Newspapers are calling for a full independent enquiry into the affair.

order

The government has ordered a public enquiry into the affair.

be subjected to, face

You may be subjected to a disciplinary enquiry.

attend (BrE)
be involved in
chair, head, lead

The enquiry will be chaired by a judge.

ENQUIRY + VERB
be underway, take place

A major enquiry is underway after the death of a union official.

The enquiry will take place behind closed doors.

begin, commence, start
hear sth

The enquiry heard this week that the crash was unavoidable.

consider sth, examine sth, investigate sth
reveal sth
conclude sth, establish sth, find sth

An enquiry found that the vintage plane was in good working order.

rule sth (BrE)

The enquiry ruled that the cars should be fitted with bigger bumpers.

blame sb/sth
ENQUIRY + NOUN
report
team
process
PREPOSITION
at an/the enquiry

At the enquiry they maintained that nothing illegal had been done.

during an/the enquiry, in an/the enquiry

arguments during the enquiry

pending an enquiry

The director has been suspended, pending an internal enquiry.

enquiry by

the outcome of enquiries by the police

enquiry into

an enquiry into the environmental effects of the proposed new road

PHRASES
a steward's enquiry (in horse racing)
the outcome of an enquiry, the result of an enquiry
the subject of an enquiry

He now finds himself the subject of an enquiry after reports of financial irregularities.

2 (esp. BrE) request for information
ADJECTIVE
exhaustive, extensive, thorough

I've made exhaustive enquiries, but haven't been able to find what I want.

detailed
general, specific

Our office is open every day and can help you with all your general enquiries.

discreet
informal
routine
initial, preliminary
customer, media
door-to-door, house-to-house (both BrE)

Police officers carried out house-to-house enquiries.

email, phone, telephone, written
… OF ENQUIRIES
flood, stream

After the disaster, the police had a flood of enquiries about missing relatives.

VERB + ENQUIRY
make, pursue

The police are still pursuing their enquiries. (BrE)

send
welcome

The faculty welcomes enquiries from prospective entrants.

get, have, receive

We've had many enquiries from concerned customers.

be inundated with
answer, deal with, handle, respond to
assist (sb) in/with, help (sb) in/with

Police believe he can help them with their enquiries into a robbery.

ENQUIRY + NOUN
desk, office (both BrE)
service (BrE)
form

You are requested to complete an enquiry form.

PREPOSITION
pending enquiry

She has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

enquiry about, enquiry as to, enquiry concerning, enquiry regarding, enquiry relating to

enquiries as to the whereabouts of Eve Smith

enquiry by

enquiries by police

enquiry from

enquiries from the public

enquiry into

I'm making enquiries into the possibility of going by train.

PHRASES
direct an enquiry to sb

The committee directed its enquiries to Mrs Taylor.

3 asking questions/collecting information
ADJECTIVE
careful, systematic
further
academic, intellectual, scholarly
critical, empirical, rational, serious
free, open

We should proceed in a spirit of open enquiry.

historical, philosophical, scientific, sociological, theological

The purpose is one of scientific enquiry.

VERB + ENQUIRY
encourage

The subjects on the curriculum encourage intellectual enquiry.

PREPOSITION
enquiry concerning, enquiry into

enquiry into the origins of the universe

PHRASES
an area of enquiry

The purpose of the research is to open up this area of enquiry.

a board of enquiry, a commission of enquiry, a committee of enquiry
a line of enquiry

The police have assured us that all possible lines of enquiry are being pursued.

a method of enquiry

Methods of enquiry vary from subject to subject.

a spirit of enquiry

Children are born with a spirit of enquiry.


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