query

noun
que·​ry | \ˈkwir-ē, ˈkwer- \
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

Some of the drugs on the list have had only a handful of inquiries but Letairis, a drug sold by Gilead Sciences to treat a condition called pulmonary arterial hypertension, got 10 queries. NBC News, "FDA publishes shame list of firms fighting generic competitors," 17 May 2018 From there, attackers could open a new pop-up or tab to the Facebook search page and run any number of queries to extract personal information. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s HQ2 stunt could come back to haunt it," 14 Nov. 2018 Of course, those are the sorts of queries that become the most important to bring up. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "6 Things to Know Before You Even Set Foot in a Marijuana Dispensary," 24 Oct. 2018 Earlier this year, the company rolled out a new, free DNS service to help Internet users evade censorship (including an encrypted DNS service to evade surveillance of domain address queries). Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Cloudflare gets into registrar business with wholesale domains and free privacy," 28 Sep. 2018 Gomes wrote that a full 15 percent of everyday queries are completely unknown to the Google search algorithm. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Google's new search features tap AI to make your Android phone and PC even smarter," 24 Sep. 2018 Every year, the peak of the queries grows higher and higher. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Can Anything Stop Pumpkin Spice?," 31 Aug. 2018 More than 75% of search queries happened on Microsoft's Bing search engine, which is pre-installed on Windows Mobile devices. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "What's Behind Google's Enormous $5 Billion Fine from the EU," 18 July 2018 My colleagues report that even though Facebook submitted 747 pages of responses to lawmakers, the social network did not answer all of the lawmakers' queries. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Maryland scored a win using facial recognition software in Annapolis shooting," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Xiao was able to determine within a few seconds of querying the public LocationSmart service the near-exact location of the mobile phone belonging to all five of my sources. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Website leaked real-time location of most US cell phones to almost anyone," 17 May 2018 Each airline’s 10 busiest long routes and 10 busiest medium-length routes, both domestic and international, are queried to get the fullest picture of award availability. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Top Frequent-Flier Programs for 2018," 16 May 2018 Alonso was attending the 2018 Il Bilbao International Football Summit when he was queried on the long-running tax case that could yet see him found guilty despite his protestations. SI.com, "Ex-Real Madrid Star 'Not Unrelaxed' About Tax Evasion Case As Possible 5-Year Jail Term Looms," 7 Apr. 2018 The letters mark the first time the committee has queried companies besides Facebook concerning specific consumer-privacy issues. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "Lawmakers Press Alphabet and Apple on Smartphone Users’ Privacy," 9 July 2018

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.

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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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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)

: to ask (someone) a question

: to ask questions or express doubt about (something)

: to ask (a question)

query

noun
que·​ry | \ˈkwir-ē, 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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