What does Question mean?
Definitions for Question
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Question.
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"
the subject matter at issue
"the question of disease merits serious discussion"; "under the head of minor Roman poets"
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"
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"
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 questionverb
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
Etymology: [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.]
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
Is marriage a failure?
To inquire to learn.
She explained to her manager that she only did ask a question to learn.
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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
Examples of Question in a Sentence
I don't think there is any question that Xi Jinping's term will be extended, the confirmation of the start date of the 20th Party Congress shows the die is cast, and any opposition to Xi is powerless to change the situation.
The real question is, 'Can solar help us deal with climate?' that means solar at scale in the decades ahead.
Our members intend to question Mr. Cohen about the crimes he pleaded guilty to, other criminal activity he participated in but refused to disclose, his international financial dealings, and a long list of other probative activities.
The grave question the Constitution tasks senators to answer is whether The President committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to the level of a high crime and misdemeanor, yes, The President did.
There’s no question that as a country we need to look at the resilience of our infrastructure. And we need to do that with a much greater sense of urgency, I think, than we have ever seen before.
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Translations for Question
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- 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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