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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from query

Verb

querier noun

Choose the Right Synonym for query

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
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Census Bureau will ask questions ranging from how many people live in a household to queries about income, race and gender. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "Five things to know about the 2020 census and how it impacts you," 1 Jan. 2020 Representatives of Apple, who don’t normally comment on litigation, didn’t immediately respond to a query about the suit. Susan Decker, Fortune, "Apple Sued by New York Doctor Over Watch’s Heart Technology," 27 Dec. 2019 The State Department had offered only a cryptic response to queries, defending the assistance but also calling for Lebanese authorities to implement economic reforms and rein in corruption. NBC News, "Trump administration quietly releases Lebanon military aid after mysterious delay," 2 Dec. 2019 In response to queries by female veterans and girls, BMC Toys will release a set of female Army soldiers in all the classic poses, including holding bazookas and shooting rifles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A Six-Year-Old Girl Asked for Green Army Women. The Toy Company Listened.," 9 Sep. 2019 Opera had not responded to Quartz’s follow-up email queries ahead of publication. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "A Chinese super app is facing claims of predatory consumer lending in Nigeria, Kenya and India," 21 Jan. 2020 The smartphone enables students to look up unfamiliar terms or dates the teacher mentions without skipping a beat, provided that the teacher allows students to augment lectures with phone queries. Laura Kroeger, Cincinnati.com, "Six ways smartphones enhance learning," 21 Jan. 2020 That's the big question going into the 2020 Oscars, but there's a bigger query ahead of the show: Who will be nominated? Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Oscars 2020: How to watch the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards live," 13 Jan. 2020 The through line of her approach, at any age, is letting students’ queries guide her instruction. Sarah Carr, The Atlantic, "What Sex Ed Could Be," 13 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 In our case, each and every time the chip is queried, a different identification number is provided. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "5 Impressive Ways Criminals Use Wireless Signals to Steal Everything—Even Your Car," 27 Nov. 2019 When a chip is queried by the reader, the first thing that is provided is the chip’s serial number. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "5 Impressive Ways Criminals Use Wireless Signals to Steal Everything—Even Your Car," 27 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'query.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about query

Time Traveler for query

Time Traveler

The first known use of query was in 1614

See more words from the same year

Statistics for query

Last Updated

14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Query.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/query. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on query

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for query

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with query

Spanish Central: Translation of query

Nglish: Translation of query for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of query for Arabic Speakers

Comments on query

What made you want to look up query? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!