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"
the subject matter at issue
"the question of disease merits serious discussion"; "under the head of minor Roman poets"
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"
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"
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"
an informal reference to a marriage proposal
"he was ready to pop the question"
question, oppugn, call into question(verb)
challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of
"We must question your judgment in this matter"
pose a series of questions to
"The suspect was questioned by the police"; "We questioned the survivor about the details of the explosion"
pose a question
conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting
place in doubt or express doubtful speculation
"I wonder whether this was the right thing to do"; "she wondered whether it would snow tonight"
A sentence, phrase or word which asks for information, reply or response; an interrogative.
What is your question?
A subject or topic for consideration or investigation.
The question of seniority will be discussed at the meeting.
There was a question of which material to use.
A doubt or challenge about the truth or accuracy of a matter.
His claim to the property has come under question.
A proposal to a meeting as a topic for deliberation.
I move that the question be put to a vote.
To ask questions of; interrogate; enquire; ask for information.
To raise doubts about; have doubts about.
the act of asking; interrogation; inquiry; as, to examine by question and answer
discussion; debate; hence, objection; dispute; doubt; as, the story is true beyond question; he obeyed without question
examination with reference to a decisive result; investigation; specifically, a judicial or official investigation; also, examination under torture
that which is asked; inquiry; interrogatory; query
hence, a subject of investigation, examination, or debate; theme of inquiry; matter to be inquired into; as, a delicate or doubtful question
talk; conversation; speech; speech
to ask questions; to inquire
to argue; to converse; to dispute
to inquire of by asking questions; to examine by interrogatories; as, to question a witness
to doubt of; to be uncertain of; to query
to raise a question about; to call in question; to make objection to
to talk to; to converse with
Origin: [Cf. F. questionner. See Question, n.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kwest′yun, n. a seeking: an inquiry: an examination, esp. by torture: an investigation: dispute: doubt: a subject of discussion, esp. the particular point actually before the house, the measure to be voted upon: (Shak.) conversation.—v.t. to ask questions of: to examine by questions: to inquire of: to regard as doubtful: to challenge, take exception to: to have no confidence in.—v.i. to ask questions: to inquire: to debate, consider, to converse.—adj. Quest′ionable, that may be questioned: doubtful: uncertain: suspicious.—n. Quest′ionableness.—adv. Quest′ionably.—adj. Quest′ionary, asking questions.—n. one who hawks about for sale indulgences or relics.—ns. Quest′ioner; Quest′ioning, a query, doubt, suspicion.—adv. Quest′ioningly.—n. Quest′ionist, a questioner, a doubter: at Cambridge, a student qualified to be a candidate for a degree.—adj. Quest′ionless, unquestioning: beyond question or doubt: certainly.—n. Quest′rist (Shak.), a seeker, a pursuer.—adj. Quest′uary (obs.), greedy of gain, yielding gain.—Question of fact, consideration as to the actual occurrence of an event.—Beg the question (see Beg); Call in question, to challenge, to subject to judicial inquiry; In question, under consideration, referring to a thing just mentioned; Leading-question (see Lead); Out of question, doubtless; Out of the question, not to be thought of; Pop the question (see Pop); Previous question (see Previous). [Fr.,—L. quæstion-em—quærĕre, quæsitum, to seek.]
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British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'question' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #394
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'question' in Written Corpus Frequency: #315
Rank popularity for the word 'question' in Nouns Frequency: #45
Rank popularity for the word 'question' in Verbs Frequency: #473
The numerical value of question in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of question in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
But I think the issue right now is -- it's a practical question. It's not an ideological question. It's not a political question. It's a practical question -- do they keep the agreement?
A new question has arisen in modern man's mind, the question, namely, whether life is worth living...No sensible answer can be given to the question...because the question does not make any sense.
Who is prepared to be a commander-in-chief? Who understands the threats we face? Who am I comfortable having their finger on the button, now that's a question of strength, but it's also a question of judgment. And I think that is a question that is a challenging question for voters.
'What good can a handgun do against an army?', is in fact a complex one and must be answered at length and carefully. It is a military question. It is also a political question. But above all it is a moral question which strikes to the heart of what makes men free, and what makes them slaves.
Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? Expediency asks the question - is it political? But conscience asks the question - is it right? There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, popular, or political; but because it is right.
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Translations for question
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- سؤال, مسألةArabic
- запитване, питане, въпро́сBulgarian
- དོགས་གནདTibetan Standard
- qüestió, preguntaCatalan, Valencian
- otázka, téma, zpochybnitCzech
- Frage, Anfrage, Zweifel, hinterfragen, infrage stellen, fragen, bezweifeln, in Frage stellen, anzweifeln, befragenGerman
- απορία, ερώτημα, ερώτηση, ανάκριση, αμφισβητώGreek
- dubo, demando, dubiEsperanto
- cuestión, pregunta, tema, duda, asunto, tópico, moción, consultar, poner en tela de juicio, preguntar, cuestionar, dudar, interrogarSpanish
- itaun, galderaBasque
- پرسش, سؤال, مسئلهPersian
- kysymys, kyse, kidutus, asia, epäilys, kysyä, udella, kuulustella, kyseenalaistaaFinnish
- question, motion, doute, douter, mettre en doute, mettre en question, remettre en question, questionner, interrogerFrench
- ceistScottish Gaelic
- pregunta, cuestiónGalician
- प्रश्न, सवालHindi
- kérdés, kérdőre von, vallat, kikérdez, faggatHungarian
- հարց, հարցաքննելArmenian
- soal, pertanyaanIndonesian
- questione, domanda, mettere in dubbioItalian
- კითხვა, საკითხიGeorgian
- сұрау, сұрақKazakh
- 質問, 질문Korean
- rogatio, sciscitor, scisco, quaero, scitorLatin
- FroLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- urupounamu, pātai, marau, uiMāori
- прашање, сомневање, сомнение, сомнеж, оспорува, става под прашање, прашува, испрашува, распрашуваMacedonian
- pertanyaan, soalan, tanya, bertanyaMalay
- mistoqsija, kwistjoniMaltese
- ပုစ္ဆာ, အမေးBurmese
- sette spørsmålstegn ved, stille spørsmål vedNorwegian
- vraag, motie, kwestie, thema, twijfel, ondervragen, in vraag stellenDutch
- stille spørsmål ved, setje spørsmålsteikn vedNorwegian Nynorsk
- naʼídíkidNavajo, Navaho
- фарстOssetian, Ossetic
- ਸਵਾਲPanjabi, Punjabi
- pytanie, kwestia, pytać, kwestionowaćPolish
- پوښتنهPashto, Pushto
- questão, tema, pergunta, questionarPortuguese
- întrebare, întrebaRomanian
- вопро́с, допра́шивать, расспроси́ть, расспра́шивать, допроси́тьRussian
- пи́та̄ње, pítānjeSerbo-Croatian
- ප්රශ්නයSinhala, Sinhalese
- fråga, spörjning, spörsmål, tvivel, ifrågasättaSwedish
- савол, пурсишTajik
- sowal, soragTurkmen
- سوراق, سوئلاUyghur, Uighur
- پرشن, سوالUrdu
- soʻroq, savolUzbek
- câu hỏiVietnamese
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