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

To do this, Halcomb figured out a digital vulnerability in how NHTSA communicates with manufacturers and inserted his query at that point. Bloomberg.com, "Investors Are Using Spy Drones to See How Many Model 3s Tesla Is Making," 12 Mar. 2018 Davis, through the Raiders’ PR office, declined to reply to my queries on this, and the U of Michigan sports information office told me Harbaugh was unavailable to respond. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gruden hire is good, but contract terms not so much," 7 Jan. 2018 Representatives from Costco have not yet responded to a query from The Washington Post about whether the outcry on social media could persuade the company to reconsider. Author: Maura Judkis, Anchorage Daily News, "Costco is taking Polish hot dogs off its food court menu. Fans are grieving – and angry.," 10 July 2018 Representatives from Costco have not yet responded to a query from The Washington Post about whether the outcry on social media could persuade the company to reconsider. Maura Judkis, Philly.com, "Costco is taking Polish hot dogs off its food-court menu. People are angry," 10 July 2018 Neither agency responded immediately to queries as to whether the abrupt release of the report, several months later, means no charges will be filed. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Uber self-driving car crash: Tempe police release new video, audio," 21 June 2018 The mayor’s office did not respond to queries about how the project would affect the CTA, or whether the CTA would be involved. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Elon Musk’s Boring Company Wins a Big Boring Contract in Chicago," 14 June 2018 After North Korea released three American hostages a few weeks ago, the regime had stopped responding to US queries about the summit, which was scheduled for June 12 in Singapore. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Vox Sentences: The North Korea summit that wasn’t," 25 May 2018 The query is known around the world as the Fermi paradox. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "But, Seriously, Where Is Everybody?," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The probe into the firm has led to prosecutors querying its former employees and banks that handled its business dealings, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Sophie Tatum, CNN, "New York Times: FBI and Justice Dept. investigating Cambridge Analytica," 15 May 2018 Now that Trump is 15 months into his first term, all of the candidates the Statesman queried are singing his praises. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Idaho candidates 'appalled' by Trump in the past, woo his supporters now | Idaho Statesman," 24 Apr. 2018 The law, enacted in June 2015, said that going forward, the data would be retained by telecommunications companies, not the NSA, but that the intelligence agency could query the massive database. Deb Riechmann And Susannah George, chicagotribune.com, "NSA raises questions as it begins deleting more than 685 million call records," 30 June 2018 The law, enacted in June 2015, said that going forward, the data would be retained by telecommunications companies, not the NSA, but that the intelligence agency could query the massive database. CBS News, "NSA deletion of more than 685 million call records raises questions," 30 June 2018 Some analysts and investors queried its business model and valuation expectations. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Xiaomi Dials Up Big Gains on Second Day of Trading," 10 July 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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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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