What does Question mean?

Definitions for Question
ˈkwɛs tʃənques·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. question, inquiry, enquiry, query, interrogationnoun

    an instance of questioning

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

  2. question, headnoun

    the subject matter at issue

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

  3. question, interrogation, interrogative, interrogative sentencenoun

    a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply

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

  4. doubt, dubiousness, doubtfulness, questionnoun

    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, questionnoun

    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. questionverb

    an informal reference to a marriage proposal

    "he was ready to pop the question"

  7. question, oppugn, call into questionverb

    challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of

    "We must question your judgment in this matter"

  8. interrogate, questionverb

    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, queryverb

    pose a question

  10. interview, questionverb

    conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting

  11. wonder, questionverb

    place in doubt or express doubtful speculation

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


  1. questionnoun

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

    What is your question?

  2. questionnoun

    A subject or topic for consideration or investigation.

    The question of seniority will be discussed at the meeting.

  3. questionnoun

    An unknown.

    There was a question of which material to use.

  4. questionnoun

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

    His claim to the property has come under question.

  5. questionnoun

    A proposal to a meeting as a topic for deliberation.

    I move that the question be put to a vote.

  6. questionverb

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

  7. questionverb

    To raise doubts about; have doubts about.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. QUESTIONnoun

    Etymology: question, Fr. quæstio, Latin.

    Because he that knoweth least is fittest to ask questions, it is more reason for the entertainment of the time, that ye ask me questions, than that I ask you. Francis Bacon.

    It is to be put to question, whether it be lawful for christian princes to make an invasive war simply for the propagation of the faith. Francis Bacon, Holy War.

    There arose a question between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying. Jo. iii. 25.

    In points of honour to be try’d,
    Suppose the question not your own. Jonathan Swift.

    This is not my writing,
    Though I confess much like the character:
    But out of question ’tis Maria’s hand. William Shakespeare.

    ’Tis time for him to shew himself, when his very being is called in question, and to come and judge the world, when men begin to doubt whether he made it. John Tillotson.

    The doubt of their being native impressions on the mind, is stronger against these moral principles than the other; not that it brings their truth at all in question. John Locke.

    Our own earth would be barren and desolate, without the benign influence of the solar rays, which without question is true of all the other planets. Richard Bentley.

    But whosoever be found guilty, the communion book hath surely deserved least to be called in question for this fault. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 31.

    Such a presumption is only sufficient to put the person to the rack or question, according to the civil law, and not bring him to condemnation. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    If we being defendants do answer, that the ceremonies in question are godly, comely, decent, profitable for the church, their reply is childish and unorderly to say, that we demand the thing in question, and shew the poverty of our cause, the goodness whereof we are fain to beg that our adversaries would grant. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 4.

    If he had said, it would purchase six shillings and three-pence weighty money, he had proved the matter in question. John Locke.

    Nor are these assertions that dropped from their pens by chance, but delivered by them in places where they profess to state the points in question. Francis Atterbury, Preface.

    As it more concerns the Turk than Rhodes,
    So may he with more facile question bear it;
    For that it stands not in such warlike brace,
    But altogether lacks the abilities
    That Rhodes is dress’d in. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Questionverb

    Etymology: questionner, Fr.

    Question your royal thoughts, make the case yours;
    Be now the father, and propose a son;
    Hear your own dignity so much prophan’d;
    And then imagine me taking your part,
    And in your pow’r so silencing your son. William Shakespeare.

    But hark you, Kate,
    I must not have you henceforth question me,
    Whither I go. William Shakespeare, Henry IV, p. i.

    This construction is not so undubitably to be received, as not at all to be questioned. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    O impotent estate of human life!
    Where fleeting joy does lasting doubt inspire,
    And most we question what we most desire. Matthew Prior.

    Be a design never so artificially laid, if it chances to be defeated by some cross accident, the man is then run down, his counsels derided, his prudence questioned, and his person despised. Robert South, Sermons.

  3. To Questionverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Suddenly out of this delightful dream
    The man awoke, and would have question’d more;
    But he would not endure the woful theme. Edmund Spenser.

    He that questioneth much shall learn much, and content much; but especially if he apply his questions to the skill of the persons whom he asketh. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    I pray you think you question with a Jew;
    You may as well use question with the wolf,
    Why he hath made the ewe bleat for the lamb. William Shakespeare.


  1. Question

    There are these four ways of answering questions. Which four? There are questions that should be answered categorically [straightforwardly yes, no, this, that]. There are questions that should be answered with an analytical (qualified) answer [defining or redefining the terms]. There are questions that should be answered with a counter-question. There are questions that should be put aside. These are the four ways of answering questions. A question is an utterance which typically functions as a request for information, which is expected to be provided in the form of an answer. Questions can thus be understood as a kind of illocutionary act in the field of pragmatics or as special kinds of propositions in frameworks of formal semantics such as alternative semantics or inquisitive semantics. Questions are often conflated with interrogatives, which are the grammatical forms typically used to achieve them. Rhetorical questions, for example, are interrogative in form but may not be considered true questions as they aren't expected to be answered. Conversely, non-interrogative grammatical structures may be considered questions as in the case of the imperative sentence "tell me your name."


  1. question

    A question is an inquiry or request for information, usually expressed in the form of a sentence, phrase, or symbol, that seeks to elicit knowledge, clarification, or understanding about a specific topic or subject. It typically involves seeking an answer or response from someone who possesses the desired information or expertise. Questions can be used to gather information, facilitate conversation, stimulate critical thinking or problem-solving, or express curiosity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Questionnoun

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

  2. Questionnoun

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

  3. Questionnoun

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

  4. Questionnoun

    that which is asked; inquiry; interrogatory; query

  5. Questionnoun

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

  6. Questionnoun

    talk; conversation; speech; speech

  7. Questionnoun

    to ask questions; to inquire

  8. Questionnoun

    to argue; to converse; to dispute

  9. Questionverb

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

  10. Questionverb

    to doubt of; to be uncertain of; to query

  11. Questionverb

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

  12. Questionverb

    to talk to; to converse with

  13. Etymology: [Cf. F. questionner. See Question, n.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Question

    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-emquærĕre, quæsitum, to seek.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


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Editors Contribution

  1. question

    To inquire to learn.

    She explained to her manager that she only did ask a question to learn.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 20, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Question' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #394

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Question' in Written Corpus Frequency: #315

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Question' in Nouns Frequency: #45

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Question' in Verbs Frequency: #473

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Question in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Question in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Question in a Sentence

  1. Charlie Chaplin:

    I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.

  2. Kim Schmett:

    She definitely has a path, but it's such an abnormal year. ... Clearly( Trump) is the huge question and everyone else is circling. Right now, my reading of the Iowa Republican Party is that it is massively pro-Trump.

  3. Ronnie Kasrils:

    Mahlobo was a likeable guy but a surprise appointment, zuma wanted someone young and green who is dependent and won't question him.

  4. Ravi Verma:

    If today's boys are taught to question gender abuse now, they are less likely to be violent when they become men tomorrow, and if girls are taught to speak out now, they will be less likely to endure it as adults.

  5. Jay Brainard:

    My biggest fear is having something happen that costs American lives, and I didn't step up and put a stop to it, it's not a question of if, it's a question of when. We are long overdue for an attack.

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