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1query

noun que·ry \ˈkwir-ē, ˈkwer-\

: a question or a request for information about something

plural queries

Full Definition of QUERY

2
:  a question in the mind :  doubt
3

Examples of QUERY

  1. I have a query about my order.
  2. The librarian responded to my query.

Origin of QUERY

alteration of earlier quere, from Latin quaere, imperative of quaerere to ask
First Known Use: circa 1635

2query

verb

: to ask (someone) a question

: to ask questions or express doubt about (something)

: to ask (a question)

que·riedque·ry·ing

Full Definition of QUERY

transitive verb
1
:  to ask questions of especially with a desire for authoritative information
2
:  to ask questions about especially in order to resolve a doubt
3
:  to put as a question
4
:  to mark with a query
que·ri·er noun

Examples of QUERY

  1. They conducted a survey in which several hundred people were queried about their dietary habits.
  2. <it seems odd that someone would want two stoves, so you'd better query that order>

First Known Use of QUERY

1654

Synonym Discussion of QUERY

ask, question, interrogate, query, inquire mean to address a person in order to gain information. ask implies no more than the putting of a question <ask for directions>. question usually suggests the asking of series of questions <questioned them about every detail of the trip>. interrogate suggests formal or official systematic questioning <the prosecutor interrogated the witness all day>. query implies a desire for authoritative information or confirmation <queried a librarian about the book>. inquire implies a searching for facts or for truth often specifically by asking questions <began to inquire of friends and teachers what career she should pursue>.

ask, request, solicit mean to seek to obtain by making one's wants known. ask implies no more than the statement of the desire <ask a favor of a friend>. request implies greater formality and courtesy <requests the pleasure of your company>. solicit suggests a calling attention to one's wants or desires by public announcement or advertisement <a letter soliciting information>.
QUERIED Defined for Kids

1query

noun que·ry \ˈkwir-ē, ˈkwer-ē\
plural queries

Definition of QUERY for Kids

:  1question 1 <My queries went unanswered.>

2query

verb
que·riedque·ry·ing

Definition of QUERY for Kids

1
:  to put as a question <“Can I come?” she queried.>
2
:  to ask questions about especially in order to clear up a doubt <They queried his decision.>
3
:  to ask questions of <I'll query the professor.>

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