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"

Wiktionary

  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.

Wikipedia

  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."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Questionnoun

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

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

  2. Questionnoun

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

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

  3. Questionnoun

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

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

  4. Questionnoun

    that which is asked; inquiry; interrogatory; query

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

  5. Questionnoun

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

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

  6. Questionnoun

    talk; conversation; speech; speech

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

  7. Questionnoun

    to ask questions; to inquire

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

  8. Questionnoun

    to argue; to converse; to dispute

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

  9. Questionverb

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

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

  10. Questionverb

    to doubt of; to be uncertain of; to query

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

  11. Questionverb

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

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

  12. Questionverb

    to talk to; to converse with

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

Freebase

  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

  1. QUESTION

    Is marriage a failure?

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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Numerology

  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. Ron Johnson:

    It is concerning that when I wrote to the FBI and Department of Justice, they never told me about the fact that they had some FBI asset, whether it was an agent or informant, tailing Soofi and Simpson, why didn’t they intervene? As a member of the Senate oversight committee, I think these agencies should be honest when we actually ask them the questions. But it begs the question, what was the FBI doing in Garland, and why wasn’t the agency direct with me when we first started writing letters about this back in 2015?

  2. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

    I'll be the happiest person in the world if my concerns prove to be wrong. You know, the opposite could also happen, you know, 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?

  3. Joseph Burgo:

    The very fact that you're asking yourself that question, you are way ahead of the game, that's what is needed. Just a healthy amount of self-reflection. It's the parents who don't realize that, who don't stop and ask themselves and then just start getting overly invested in their child being better than some other student.

  4. Etienne Davignon:

    This is not an impossible question to resolve: how you go further without harming those who are left behind, this is a legal organization and it’s perfectly possible to organize this.

  5. Steve Israel:

    He changed minds, the question is, how many minds did he change? But I thought he did a very effective job.

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