Used in the context of general equities. in-line expression of interest in a particular stock, usually asking the firm to bid for or offer stock. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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inquiry in‧quir‧y [ɪnˈkwaɪəri ǁ ɪnˈkwaɪri, ˈɪŋkwəri] noun inquiries PLURALFORM
1. [countable] a question you ask in order to get information:

• He has received a flood of telephone inquiries from small investors.

• customers who call in just to make inquiries

2. [uncountable] when you ask questions in order to get information:

• Mr. Gilberd agreed to this transaction without further inquiry.

3. [countable] an official process, in the form of a series of meetings, intended to find out why something happened:
inquiry into

• The Commission conducted an inquiry into allegations of unfair business practices.

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inquiry UK US /ɪnˈkwaɪəri/ noun (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 insurance policy 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 official process 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 find information that is kept electronically: »

The database management system offers a facility for on-line update and inquiry.

line of inquiry — Cf. line of inquiry

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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