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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Other Words from query

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

The organization has not responded to queries about whether that will be the case this weekend. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "Charity says it helps foster kids. Records show most of the money goes to salaries, overhead," 20 June 2019 But Hicks did engage in queries about her work on the campaign, which is not subject to executive privilege or claims of immunity. Nicholas Fandos, BostonGlobe.com, "Hope Hicks declines to answer lawmakers’ questions on transition, White House," 19 June 2019 Pioneer chef Lane Milburn, one of restaurant's eight kitchen staffers, has not responded to an IndyStar query about his future plans. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Fountain Square restaurant Pioneer stops serving food," 6 June 2018 Model 3 Updates If the more than 2,100 replies to the @Tesla Twitter feed’s solicitation for questions is any guide, Musk is likely to face queries about future products and the state affairs with its newest car, the Model 3. Bloomberg, Fortune, "5 Things to Expect at Tesla's Heated Shareholder Meeting Today," 5 June 2018 Among a laundry list of other queries, researchers asked tribal elders if their ancestors had practiced tattooing. Krista Langlois, National Geographic, "2,000-year-old tattoo needle identified by archaeologists," 28 Feb. 2019 In the Skincare Addiction subreddit, source of beauty tips both questionable and profound, one Redditor posted a query about Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, a K-beauty serum hailed for its ability to dispense sebum and blackheads. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Redditors Swear Cosrx's BHA-Packed Blackhead Power Liquid Clears Up Ingrown Hairs," 7 Sep. 2018 Peter Altmaier, Germany's economic minister and a fierce critics of U.S. trade policy, did not respond to FoxNews.com queries. Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News, "Germany accused of betraying pledge to combat anti-Semitism by ignoring Iran sanctions," 22 Aug. 2018 To vet candidates, the Obama campaign had used a questionnaire with sixty-three queries about employment, finances, writings, and social-media posts. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "Trump vs. the “Deep State”," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With a querying student often at his side, Conway settles either on a cluster of couches in the main room or a window alcove just outside the fray in the hallway, furnished with two armchairs facing a blackboard — a very edifying nook. Quanta Magazine, "A Life in Games," 28 Aug. 2015 With such clinical and claims data merged together in a searchable form, Geisinger physicians can query data—even in unstructured forms like doctor’s notes and medical images— in real time, and as easily as a Google search. Erika Fry, Fortune, "Big Data: How This Rural Hospital Is Outdoing Silicon Valley," 19 Mar. 2018 The researchers queried Jews about a variety of religious and cultural practices. Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post, "D.C. area’s Jewish population is booming: Now the third largest in the nation, report says," 13 Feb. 2018 Commissioned by Euro-NCAP and Thatcham, a research company started by the automotive insurance industry, the poll queried 1,567 car owners from China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, and the US. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla stopped promoting the ‘Full Self-Driving’ option for its cars," 20 Oct. 2018 Kane admitted that the duo had not wanted to part of the Liverpool or Southampton squads moving forward, and queried why either side should have kept the pair against their will either now or last summer. SI.com, "Harry Kane Reveals Spurs Trophy Ambitions & What Club Need to Do to Keep Him," 8 Jan. 2018 GraphQL, a language for querying databases created by Facebook in 2012, is being spun out into an open-source foundation,. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Democrats’ victory in the midterms will be good for Facebook," 8 Nov. 2018 If the crime involves offshore accounts or companies, U.S. officials have to query the governments of those countries to get information. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Why financial criminals use real estate to launder money," 10 Aug. 2018 Though the mayor’s office declined to talk about the reports filed, other city departments were more forthcoming when queried by The Times. Dakota Smith, latimes.com, "Mayor's office won't talk about 'inappropriate behavior' among Garcetti staff," 18 June 2018

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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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query

noun

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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