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 Based on emails and messages to CBS MoneyWatch, the most common query is when someone will receive their money. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Questions about your stimulus check? You can soon call the IRS," 18 May 2020 The queries are well-founded: Trump is alone among post-Watergate presidents in not releasing his recent tax returns to the public, and there is ample reporting that raises questions about potential irregularities within them. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "For Trump, Following the Law Is an Undue Burden," 13 May 2020 The man on the receiving end of the query mirrored my uneasiness. Eric Hansen, Indianapolis Star, "How NIL rules play out at Notre Dame are intriguing, but it really should be a waiting game," 8 May 2020 These queries vividly illustrate a problem that voice assistants are tangoing with today: Although machine learning capabilities are exponentially growing, artificial intelligence still has a difficult time understanding the way people speak. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon Is Crowdsourcing Alexa's Answers, So This Should Be Fun," 26 Sep. 2019 These queries are the ones circling pop music’s freshest new face, Peppa Pig, the eponymous star of the educational cartoon that’s aimed at toddlers and preschoolers, produced by the TV and film company Entertainment One. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How Peppa Pig became an LGBTQ icon," 29 July 2019 These queries say more about the foolishness of the questioner than anything about the player. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "What Can the NFL, Players Do About Inappropriate Questioning at the NFL Combine?," 9 Mar. 2018 However, micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses have already been taking orders, addressing queries, and transacting on it for some years now. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Mukesh Ambani’s Facebook deal should make India’s online grocers nervous," 21 Apr. 2020 That includes reconciling data or auditing labs, running queries to ensure quality and follow up on anomalies, and checking for and removing duplicates. oregonlive, "She tested positive for coronavirus. A cascade of failures kept her off Oregon’s radar. Are there others?," 11 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The survey queried 1,259 Ohioans between April 2 and 9. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Ohioans believe coronavirus will be ‘under control’ in one to three months, says Ohio State University survey," 27 Apr. 2020 In 2016, Broumand queried an FBI database for Cisneros, who was under investigation at the time for helping Dermen’s business partner travel illegally between the United States and Mexico, the affidavit said. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "Former FBI agent charged with pocketing bribes from organized crime figure," 24 Apr. 2020 When asked which team member should be queried, Mr. Cooper stood up and walked out of the room. David Cay Johnston, New York Times, "Michael C. Cooper, Convicted in Tax Scam, Dies a Prisoner at 66," 10 Apr. 2020 The poll queried 529 voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3%. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "Voters like SF Mayor Breed, but undecided about her job performance," 16 Oct. 2019 Another journalist then bizzarely queried Trump as to why all businesses, including essential ones like grocery stores, weren't forced to close as well. Fox News, "Trump slams 'complaining' Dem Pritzker at coronavirus briefing, signals openness to more stimulus checks," 6 Apr. 2020 Responders will be able to query the system, which will have known positive cases listed by the address on a patient’s driver’s license. USA TODAY, "Ballet for seniors, Dr. Fauci bobblehead, Patriots’ plane ferries N95 masks: News from around our 50 states," 3 Apr. 2020 With this feature, a shader can query what part of a texture would be needed to satisfy a sampling request without actually having to perform the sample operation. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "DirectX 12 Ultimate brings Xbox Series X features to PC gaming," 19 Mar. 2020 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/query. Accessed 2 Jun. 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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