Definitions for questionˈkwɛs tʃən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a sentence in an interrogative form addressed to someone in order to get information in reply.
a problem for discussion or under discussion; a matter for investigation.
a matter of some uncertainty or difficulty; problem:
It was mainly a question of time.
a subject of dispute or controversy.
a proposal to be debated or voted on, as in a meeting or a deliberative assembly.
the procedure of putting a proposal to vote.
Law. a controversy that is submitted to a judicial tribunal for decision. the interrogation by which information is secured.
the act of asking or inquiring; interrogation; query.
inquiry into or discussion of some problem.
(v.t.)to ask questions of; interrogate.
to ask; inquire.
to make a question of; doubt:
They questioned our sincerity.
to challenge; dispute.
(v.i.)to ask a question.
Idioms for question:
call in or into question, to dispute; challenge. to cast doubt upon; question.
in question, under consideration. in dispute.
out of the question,not to be considered; unthinkable; impossible.
* Usage.: See beg.
Origin of question:
1250–1300; (n.) ME questio(u)n, questiun < MF question < L quaestiō=quaes-, s. of quaerere to ask
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
sth that is asked in order to get information
Does anyone have any questions?; to ask/answer a question
sth asked to find out what you know
a test/competition question
sth people disagree about; = issue
to discuss the question of global warming
a lot of questions in my mind about what she said; There's no question he's the best.
indicates what the most important thing is
It's really a question of leadership.
indicates what, where, who, etc. is being talked about
The girl in question is someone they knew in college.
definitely not allowed or possible
With her illness any travel is out of the question.
indicates you cannot answer a question but agree an answer is needed
"Can you afford to do this?" "Well, that's a good question."
(of a person in authority) to ask sb for information
Police are questioning a man in connection with the murder.
to doubt or be unsure
I question whether he is really that smart.
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
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.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
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Rank popularity for the word 'question' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #394
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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
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?
- questãoPortuguese (BR)
- die FrageGerman
- ερώτηση, ερώτημαGreek
- 問題Chinese (Trad.)
- запитання, питанняUkrainian
- سوالیہ جملہUrdu
- câu hỏiVietnamese
- 问题Chinese (Simp.)
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