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query

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noun que·ry \ˈkwir-ē, ˈkwer-\

Simple Definition of query

  • : a question or a request for information about something

Full Definition of query

plural queries

  1. 1 :  question, inquiry

  2. 2 :  a question in the mind :  doubt

  3. 3 :  question mark 2

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


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query

verb que·ry

Simple Definition of query

  • : to ask (someone) a question

  • : to ask questions or express doubt about (something)

  • : to ask (a question)

Full Definition of query

que·riedque·ry·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to ask questions of especially with a desire for authoritative information

  3. 2 :  to ask questions about especially in order to resolve a doubt

  4. 3 :  to put as a question

  5. 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>



1654

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>.


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