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noun ques·tion \ˈkwes-chən, ˈkwesh-\

Simple Definition of question

  • : a sentence, phrase, or word that asks for information or is used to test someone's knowledge

  • : a matter or problem that is being discussed : a subject or topic

  • : doubt or uncertainty about something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of question

  1. 1 a (1) :  an interrogative expression often used to test knowledge (2) :  an interrogative sentence or clause b :  a subject or aspect in dispute or open for discussion :  issue; broadly :  problem, matter c (1) :  a subject or point of debate or a proposition to be voted on in a meeting (2) :  the bringing of such to a vote d :  the specific point at issue

  2. 2 a :  an act or instance of asking :  inquiry b :  interrogation; also :  a judicial or official investigation c :  torture as part of an examination d (1) :  objection, dispute <true beyond question> (2) :  room for doubt or objection <little question of his skill> (3) :  chance, possibility <no question of escape>

Examples of question in a sentence

  1. Can I ask you a personal question?

  2. I don't understand the question.

  3. Are there any more questions?

  4. In answer to your question, our next meeting will be on Friday.

  5. The essay questions on the test were easy.

  6. There are 10 multiple-choice questions on the exam.

  7. The exam included several questions on current events.

  8. The question arose as to who would be responsible for caring for our grandmother.

  9. I expected him to ask where I worked, but the question never came up.

  10. The key question in solving the mystery is, how did the murderer enter the house?

Origin and Etymology of question

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin quaestion-, quaestio, from quaerere to seek, ask

First Known Use: 14th century



verb ques·tion

Simple Definition of question

  • : to ask (someone) questions about something

  • : to have or express doubt about (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of question

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to ask a question of or about

  3. 2 :  to interrogate intensively :  cross-examine

  4. 3 a :  doubt, dispute b :  to subject to analysis :  examine

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to ask questions :  inquire



Examples of question in a sentence

  1. The reporter questioned her at length on her life as the First Lady.

  2. The witness was questioned by the defense.

  3. I could tell that she was questioning my decision.

  4. He began to question his ability to do the job.

  5. I trusted him and I never questioned what he told me.

  6. The lawyer questioned the truth of the witness's statement.

  7. He began to question whether the things she had said were really true.

15th Century

First Known Use of question

15th century

Synonym Discussion of question

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>.

QUESTION Defined for Kids



noun ques·tion \ˈkwes-chən\

Definition of question for Students

  1. 1 :  something asked <Please answer my question.>

  2. 2 :  a topic discussed or argued about <The book raises several questions.>

  3. 3 :  objection 1 <He obeyed without question.>

  4. 4 :  doubt or uncertainty about something <I trust him without question.>

  5. 5 :  possibility 1, chance <There was no question of escape.>



verb ques·tion

Definition of question for Students



  1. 1 :  to ask questions of or about <Lawyers questioned the witness.>

  2. 2 :  to have or express doubts about <They questioned his loyalty.>

Law Dictionary


noun ques·tion

Legal Definition of question

  1. 1 :  a particular query directed to a witness — compare interrogatory hypothetical question \ˌhī-pə-ˈthe-ti-kəl-\ :  a question directed to an expert witness (as a physician) that is based on the existence of facts offered in evidence and the answer to which is an opinion to be considered in light of the evidence Editor's note: Modern rules of evidence have lessened the need for a hypothetical question setting forth all of the facts to be assumed in answering the question. An expert witness may state an opinion based on data or facts considered reliable in his or her field even if not already disclosed or not admissible as evidence. leading question :  a question so framed or presented as to suggest a particular answer <leading questions should not be used on the direct examination of a witness except as may be necessary to develop the witness' testimony — Federal Rules of Evidence Rule 611(c)> Editor's note: Leading questions are permitted in cross-examination and in direct examination of an adverse witness or one who is a child or has a communication disorder.

  2. 2 :  a particular matter or issue that is in dispute, uncertain, or to be inquired into certified question 1 :  a question of state law that may determine the outcome of a case pending in a federal court and that is submitted by the federal court to the state's highest court when there is no controlling state precedent 2 :  a question of law submitted to a federal or state court by a lower court or tribunal federal question :  a question that falls under the jurisdiction of a federal court because it requires a resolution of the construction or application of federal law — see also federal question jurisdiction at jurisdiction political question :  a question that the court declines to consider because it involves a political matter that is not justiciable without infringing on the powers of the executive or legislative branch or is not accompanied by guiding policy or discoverable and manageable standards for resolving it — see also political question doctrine question of fact :  a question that depends on an examination of factual matters, is usually decided by a jury, and is usually not considered on appeal question of law :  a question that depends on an examination of law rather than fact, is decided by a judge rather than by a jury, and may be examined on appeal

  3. 3 :  a proposition submitted to a vote (as in a referendum)

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