Definitions for questionˈkwɛs tʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ques•tion*ˈkwɛs tʃən(n.)

  1. a sentence in an interrogative form addressed to someone in order to get information in reply.

  2. a problem for discussion or under discussion; a matter for investigation.

  3. a matter of some uncertainty or difficulty; problem:

    It was mainly a question of time.

  4. a subject of dispute or controversy.

  5. a proposal to be debated or voted on, as in a meeting or a deliberative assembly.

    Category: Government

  6. the procedure of putting a proposal to vote.

    Category: Government

  7. Law. a controversy that is submitted to a judicial tribunal for decision. the interrogation by which information is secured.

    Category: Law

  8. the act of asking or inquiring; interrogation; query.

  9. inquiry into or discussion of some problem.

  10. (v.t.)to ask questions of; interrogate.

  11. to ask; inquire.

  12. to make a question of; doubt:

    They questioned our sincerity.

  13. to challenge; dispute.

  14. (v.i.)to ask a question.

Idioms for question:

  1. call in or into question, to dispute; challenge. to cast doubt upon; question.

    Category: Idiom

  2. in question, under consideration. in dispute.

    Category: Idiom

  3. out of the question,not to be considered; unthinkable; impossible.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage.: See beg.

Origin of question:

1250–1300; (n.) ME questio(u)n, questiun < MF question < L quaestiō=quaes-, s. of quaerere to ask


Princeton's WordNet

  1. question, inquiry, enquiry, query, interrogation(noun)

    an instance of questioning

    "there was a question about my training"; "we made inquiries of all those who were present"

  2. question, head(noun)

    the subject matter at issue

    "the question of disease merits serious discussion"; "under the head of minor Roman poets"

  3. question, interrogation, interrogative, interrogative sentence(noun)

    a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply

    "he asked a direct question"; "he had trouble phrasing his interrogations"

  4. doubt, dubiousness, doubtfulness, question(noun)

    uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something

    "the dubiousness of his claim"; "there is no question about the validity of the enterprise"

  5. motion, question(noun)

    a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote

    "he made a motion to adjourn"; "she called for the question"

  6. question(verb)

    an informal reference to a marriage proposal

    "he was ready to pop the question"

  7. question, oppugn, call into question(verb)

    challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of

    "We must question your judgment in this matter"

  8. interrogate, question(verb)

    pose a series of questions to

    "The suspect was questioned by the police"; "We questioned the survivor about the details of the explosion"

  9. question, query(verb)

    pose a question

  10. interview, question(verb)

    conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting

  11. wonder, question(verb)

    place in doubt or express doubtful speculation

    "I wonder whether this was the right thing to do"; "she wondered whether it would snow tonight"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. question(noun)ˈkwɛs tʃən

    sth that is asked in order to get information

    Does anyone have any questions?; to ask/answer a question

  2. questionˈkwɛs tʃən

    sth asked to find out what you know

    a test/competition question

  3. questionˈkwɛs tʃən

    sth people disagree about; = issue

    to discuss the question of global warming

  4. questionˈkwɛs tʃən


    a lot of questions in my mind about what she said; There's no question he's the best.

  5. questionˈkwɛs tʃən

    indicates what the most important thing is

    It's really a question of leadership.

  6. questionˈkwɛs tʃən

    indicates what, where, who, etc. is being talked about

    The girl in question is someone they knew in college.

  7. questionˈkwɛs tʃən

    definitely not allowed or possible

    With her illness any travel is out of the question.

  8. questionˈkwɛs tʃən

    indicates you cannot answer a question but agree an answer is needed

    "Can you afford to do this?" "Well, that's a good question."

  9. question(verb)ˈkwɛs tʃən

    (of a person in authority) to ask sb for information

    Police are questioning a man in connection with the murder.

  10. questionˈkwɛs tʃən

    to doubt or be unsure

    I question whether he is really that smart.


  1. question(Noun)

    A sentence, phrase or word which asks for information, reply or response; an interrogative.

    What is your question?

  2. question(Noun)

    A subject or topic for consideration or investigation.

    The question of seniority will be discussed at the meeting.

  3. question(Noun)

    An unknown.

    There was a question of which material to use.

  4. question(Noun)

    A doubt or challenge about the truth or accuracy of a matter.

    His claim to the property has come under question.

  5. question(Noun)

    A proposal to a meeting as a topic for deliberation.

    I move that the question be put to a vote.

  6. question(Verb)

    To ask questions of; interrogate; enquire; ask for information.

  7. question(Verb)

    To raise doubts about; have doubts about.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Question(noun)

    the act of asking; interrogation; inquiry; as, to examine by question and answer

  2. Question(noun)

    discussion; debate; hence, objection; dispute; doubt; as, the story is true beyond question; he obeyed without question

  3. Question(noun)

    examination with reference to a decisive result; investigation; specifically, a judicial or official investigation; also, examination under torture

  4. Question(noun)

    that which is asked; inquiry; interrogatory; query

  5. Question(noun)

    hence, a subject of investigation, examination, or debate; theme of inquiry; matter to be inquired into; as, a delicate or doubtful question

  6. Question(noun)

    talk; conversation; speech; speech

  7. Question(noun)

    to ask questions; to inquire

  8. Question(noun)

    to argue; to converse; to dispute

  9. Question(verb)

    to inquire of by asking questions; to examine by interrogatories; as, to question a witness

  10. Question(verb)

    to doubt of; to be uncertain of; to query

  11. Question(verb)

    to raise a question about; to call in question; to make objection to

  12. Question(verb)

    to talk to; to converse with


  1. Question

    A question is a linguistic expression used to make a request for information, or the request made using such an expression. The information requested may be provided in the form of an answer. Questions have developed a range of uses that go beyond the simple eliciting of information from another party. Rhetorical questions, for example, are used to make a point, and are not expected to be answered. Many languages have special grammatical forms for questions. However questions can also be asked without using these interrogative grammatical structures – for example one may use an imperative, as in "Tell me your name". For detailed information about the grammar of question formation, see Interrogative, and for English specifically, English grammar: Questions.

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  3. Nouns Frequency

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Translations for question

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something which is said, written etc which asks for an answer from someone

The question is, do we really need a computer?

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