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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class IV. Words Relating to the Intellectual Faculties
Division (I) Formation of Ideas
Section II. Precursory Conditions and Operations

461. Inquiry. [Subject Of Inquiry. Question.]

   NOUN:INQUIRY; request [See Request]; search, research, quest; pursuit [See Pursuit].
  EXAMINATION, review, scrutiny, investigation, indagation [obs.]; perquisition, perscrutation [rare], pervestigation [obs.]; inquest, inquisition; exploration; exploitation, ventilation.
  sifting; calculation, analysis, dissection, resolution, induction; Baconian method.
  strict -, close -, searching -, exhaustive- inquiry; narrow -, strict-search; study (consideration) [See Thought].
  scire facias [L.], ad referendum [L.]; trial.
  QUESTIONING &c. v.; interrogation, interrogatory; interpellation; challenge, examination, third degree [colloq.], cross-examination, catechism, catechesis; feeler, Socratic method, zetetic philosophy; leading question; discussion (reasoning) [See Reasoning].
  RECONNOITERING, reconnaissance or reconnoissance, prying &c. v.; espionage, espionnage [F.]; domiciliary visit, peep behind the curtain; lantern of Diogenes.
  QUESTION, query, problem, poser, desideratum, point to be solved, porism; subject -, field- of -inquiry, – controversy; point -, matter- in dispute; moot point; issue, question at issue; bone of contention (discord) [See Discord]; plain -, fair -, open- question; enigma (secret) [See Secret]; knotty point (difficulty) [See Difficulty]; quodlibet [L.]; threshold of an inquiry.
  INQUIRER, investigator, inquisitor, inspector, querist, examiner, probator, catechist; scrutator, scrutineer, scrutinizer; analyst; quidnunc (curiosity) [See Curiosity].
   VERB:INQUIRE, seek, search; make inquiry &c. n.; look -for, – about for, – out for; scan, reconnoiter or reconnoitre, explore, sound, rummage, ransack, pry, peer, look round; look -, go- -over, – through; give the once-over [slang]; spy, overhaul.
  scratch the head, slap the forehead.
  look -, peer -, pry- into every hole and corner; visit -, look- behind the scenes; nose, nose out, trace up; hunt out, fish out, ferret out; unearth; leave no stone unturned.
  TRACK, seek a clew or clue; hunt, trail, shadow, mouse, dodge, trace; follow the -trail, – scent; pursue [See Remedy]; beat up one’s quarters; fish for; feel for (experiment) [See Experiment].
  INVESTIGATE; take up -, institute -, pursue -, follow up -, conduct -, carry on -, prosecute- an inquiry &c. n.; look at, look into; preëxamine; discuss, canvass, agitate.
  EXAMINE, mouse over [U. S.], study, consider, calculate; dip -, dive -, delve -, go deep- into; make sure of, probe, sound, fathom; probe to the -bottom, – quick; scrutinize, analyze, anatomize, dissect, parse, resolve, sift, winnow; view -, try- in all its phases; thresh out.
  BRING IN QUESTION, subject to examination, pose; put to the proof (experiment) [See Experiment]; audit, tax, pass in review; take into consideration (think over) [See Thought]; take counsel [See Advice].
  QUESTION, ask, demand; put -, propose -, propound -, moot -, start -, raise -, stir -, suggest -, put forth -, ventilate -, grapple with -, go into- a question.
  INTERROGATE, put to the question, catechize, pump; cross-question, cross-examine; roast [colloq.], grill [colloq.], put through the third degree [colloq.]; dodge; require an answer; pick -, suck- the brains of; feel the pulse.
  BE IN QUESTION &c. adj.; undergo examination.
   ADJECTIVE:INQUIRING &c. v.; inquisitive (curious) [See Curiosity]; requisitive [obs.], requisitory; catechetical, inquisitorial, analytic; in search of, in quest of; on the lookout for, interrogative, zetetic; all-searching.
  UNDETERMINED, untried, undecided, tentative; in question, in dispute, in issue, in course of inquiry; under -discussion, – consideration, – investigation &c. n.; sub judice [L.], moot, proposed; doubtful (uncertain) [See Uncertainty].
   ADVERB:WHAT? why? wherefore? pourquoi? [F.], warum? [Ger.], whence? whither? where? quœre? [L.]; how comes it? how does it happen? how is it? what is the reason? what’s the matter? what’s in the wind? what’s afoot? what’s up? what’s in the air? what is it all about? what on earth? when? who? nicht wahr? [Ger.].