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


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

Other Words from query


querier noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When the query was completed, Harsin was retained as head coach. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 26 Mar. 2022 The query came after Warren watched the guard who transferred from Cincinnati to Saint Mary’s upon Cronin’s departure score 18 points against the Bruins in the second round. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2022 The query, politely probing, came in the October 27, 1954, issue of The Bicycle, a British weekly. Tom Vanderbilt, Outside Online, 21 Mar. 2022 Even before the query reached its conclusion, Adams was counterpunching. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Mar. 2022 The query prompted an interesting discussion between the two, who brought up the Dallas Cowboys, Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans and whether or not Murray could leave football for baseball. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 21 Feb. 2022 Dre is stricken and immediately decides to reopen the baby query. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 28 Jan. 2022 The query was raised by an unnamed royal who the pair later clarified was not the queen or Philip. Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2021 Cruz laughs remembering the query and the rather academic terminology. Brent Lang, Variety, 17 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then, in its infinite processing power, it can’t be bothered even to query Wikipedia about West Virginia’s political trends. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 15 Feb. 2022 These reports are usually created by experts within the company who query its supply chain and run the data through sophisticated models. Tim De Chant, Ars Technica, 18 Mar. 2022 Guiraudie’s oblique, opaque script likewise aims to keep the audience guessing, inviting us to identify and query our own prejudices and preconceptions in the same way Médéric does. Guy Lodge, Variety, 10 Feb. 2022 Tabs or windows that run in the background can continually query the IndexedDB API for available databases. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 18 Jan. 2022 Acura fans may query why the brand is planning to relaunch a sporty hatchback in an era when SUVs and crossovers are taking over the market, and the answer to that is simply that the Integra helped to put Honda and Acura on the map from the 1990s. Peter Lyon, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 The agency issues national identification cards, and other government agencies can query its database. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 23 Oct. 2021 When built out, the public will be able to query the database to determine, for instance, whether Black men are given more time behind bars for various crimes than white men, among other searches. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 4 Oct. 2021 If forensic examiners can place the same weapon as being used in different locations, law enforcement officers can then query other sources of information, such as informants, witnesses and surveillance video to zero in on a suspect. Josh Campbell, CNN, 8 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of query


1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1614, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for query


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

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More Definitions for query


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.


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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