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Inquiry vs. Research

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Main Difference

The main difference between Inquiry and Research is that the Inquiry is a process that has the aim of augmenting knowledge, resolving doubt, or solving a problem and Research is a formal work undertaken systematically to increase the stock of knowledge.

Wikipedia
  • Inquiry (noun)

    The act of inquiring; a seeking of information by asking questions; interrogation; a question or questioning.

  • Inquiry (noun)

    Search for truth, information, or knowledge; examination of facts or principles; research; investigation

    "Scientific inquiry"

  • Research (noun)

    Diligent inquiry or examination to seek or revise facts, principles, theories, applications, etc.; laborious or continued search after truth.

    "The research station that houses Wang and his team is outside Lijiang, a city of about 1.2 million people. File:The research station that houses Wang and his team is outside Lijiang.ogg"

  • Research (noun)

    A particular instance or piece of research.

  • Research (verb)

    To search or examine with continued care; to seek diligently.

  • Research (verb)

    To make an extensive investigation into.

  • Research (verb)

    To search again.

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Inquiry (noun)

    The act of inquiring; a seeking for information by asking questions; interrogation; a question or questioning.

  • Inquiry (noun)

    Search for truth, information, or knowledge; examination into facts or principles; research; investigation; as, physical inquiries.

  • Research (noun)

    Diligent inquiry or examination in seeking facts or principles; laborious or continued search after truth; as, researches of human wisdom; to research a topic in the library; medical research.

  • Research (noun)

    Systematic observation of phenomena for the purpose of learning new facts or testing the application of theories to known facts; - also called scientific research. This is the research part of the phrase "research and development" (R&D).

  • Research

    To search or examine with continued care; to seek diligently.

Webster Dictionary
  • Inquiry (noun)

    a search for knowledge;

    "their pottery deserves more research than it has received"

  • Inquiry (noun)

    an instance of questioning;

    "there was a question about my training"

    "we made inquiries of all those who were present"

  • Inquiry (noun)

    a systematic investigation of a matter of public interest

  • Research (noun)

    systematic investigation to establish facts

  • Research (noun)

    a search for knowledge;

    "their pottery deserves more research than it has received"

  • Research (verb)

    inquire into

  • Research (verb)

    attempt to find out in a systematically and scientific manner;

    "The student researched the history of that word"

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