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in·quir·y

inquiry

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn kwaI ri [or] ihn kwaI ri
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part of speech: noun
inflections: inquiries
definition 1: a process of looking for truth or correct information.
The newspaper reporter's inquiry made the governor nervous.
synonyms:
exploration
similar words:
analysis, examination, investigation, quest, research, search, study
definition 2: a question or request for information.
I sent an inquiry about available jobs.
synonyms:
query, question
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The word inquiry contains the following parts:
in-1 Latin prefix that means in, into, on
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The prefix in-1 occurs in Latin loanwords and thus attaches to Latin roots (infect , inscribe ). -in1 has multiple forms, as the "n" sound in in- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms il-1, im-1, and ir-1.
quer, ques, quir, quis, quest Latin root that means ask, seek
-y2 Latin and Greek noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, act, or practice of