query

noun
que·​ry | \ ˈkwir-ē How to pronounce query (audio) , ˈkwer- How to pronounce query (audio) \
plural queries

Definition of query

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a question in the mind : doubt

query

verb
queried; querying

Definition of query (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Verb

querier noun

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Verb

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

Examples of query in a Sentence

Noun I have a query about my order. The librarian responded to my query. Verb They conducted a survey in which several hundred people were queried about their dietary habits. it seems odd that someone would want two stoves, so you'd better query that order
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Officer Schwausch conducted a query on the license plate and found the vehicle was stolen. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 23 Mar. 2020 But specialists in other fields are hearing queries they may not be used to answering. New York Times, "These Doctors Have Specialties. Fighting Coronavirus Wasn’t One of Them.," 23 Mar. 2020 Among the queries especially pertinent to the Warriors is how the coronavirus will affect the team’s draft preparations. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "What the NBA shutdown means for the Warriors: ‘too many questions’," 12 Mar. 2020 In total, according to the indictment, the attackers ran 9,000 queries on the Equifax system. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How Chinese Military Officers Allegedly Hacked Equifax," 10 Feb. 2020 The query referred to the president's private lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, pressuring Ukraine to give Trump political help. Laurie Kellman, Anchorage Daily News, "Murkowski and other moderate senators team up at Trump impeachment trial," 31 Jan. 2020 And while it has been overshadowed by the —not to mention —both incidents prompt at least one common query: Why are the royals keeping such questionable company? Simon Usborne, Town & Country, "Prince Charles Couldn't Spot the Fake Artwork—Can You?," 6 Mar. 2020 Many questions that came up at the end of the discussion last week -- practical queries about the price range, square footage, architectural style and interior finishes -- were all met with the same answer. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "Texas' first cohousing community puts land under contract in East End," 3 Mar. 2020 According to a survey by StackOverflow, Python is the third most widely used programming language, not counting HTML, behind only JavaScript and the database query language SQL. Klint Finley, Wired, "Python Is More Popular Than Ever," 2 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The real reason for PIS’s anger is that Mr Tuleya impeded its judicial reforms, which give the government greater power over judges, by querying them at the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The Economist, "Capturing the courts As Poland’s government punishes judges, corruption is rising," 22 Mar. 2020 Those events formed the backdrop to the fight over the new rules for querying the surveillance repository. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "F.B.I. Practices for Intercepted Emails Violated 4th Amendment, Judge Ruled," 8 Oct. 2019 Chopra was queried on when the first Sikh emigrated to the United States. George Castle, chicagotribune.com, "Residents thirsty for answers ‘Coffee with Clergy’ provides about different faiths, cultures," 27 Sep. 2019 Every one of the 21 finalists for tenured positions whom UC Davis has investigated since the policy was implemented has come up clean (based on responses from 30 of the 31 institutions that the university queried). Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "NSF unwittingly hired a professor guilty of bullying, highlighting the ‘pass the harasser’ problem," 18 Nov. 2019 Teresa, originally Gina’s star protégé, begins to query her mentor about the impending culture war. Nora Kenney, National Review, "Heroes of the Fourth Turning Is a Play about ‘Crunchy Conservatives’ and a Growing Populist Divide," 16 Nov. 2019 Once this network is up, the app connects to it automatically, queries the device, then sends the credentials to the local network. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Ring-a-ding: IoT doorbell exposed customer Wi-Fi passwords to eavesdroppers," 8 Nov. 2019 People familiar with the matter said Horowitz queried U.S. intelligence agencies to determine whether there was any truth to that claim, and found no evidence Mifsud was a U.S. asset. Matt Zapotosky And Devlin Barrett, courant.com, "Barr’s prosecutor tells inspector general he can’t back right-wing theory that Russia case was U.S. intelligence setup," 4 Dec. 2019 The fictional country was removed from the list after NBC queried the addition. Rachael Bunyan, Time, "U.S. Government Lists Fictional Nation From Marvel Movie Black Panther as Trade Partner in Bureaucratic Mishap," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of query

Noun

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for query

Noun

alteration of earlier quere, from Latin quaere, imperative of quaerere to ask

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The first known use of query was in 1614

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Last Updated

27 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Query.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/query. Accessed 10 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for query

query

noun
How to pronounce query (audio) How to pronounce query (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of query

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a question or a request for information about something

query

verb

English Language Learners Definition of query (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US : to ask (someone) a question
: to ask questions or express doubt about (something)
: to ask (a question)

query

noun
que·​ry | \ ˈkwir-ē How to pronounce query (audio) , ˈkwer-ē \
plural queries

Kids Definition of query

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: question entry 1 sense 1 My queries went unanswered.

query

verb
queried; querying

Kids Definition of query (Entry 2 of 2)

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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