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 Meanwhile, the likes of Google and Amazon rely on modern machine-learning search methods built on models that use users’ behavior after the search to improve results and eventually understand the intent of a user’s query. Eli Finkelshteyn, Quartz, "I love you, Slack. But your worst flaw will make me quit you," 9 Sep. 2019 LyricFind, meanwhile, ranks the fastest momentum-gaining tracks in lyric-search queries globally and in the U.S., respectively. Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, "You Should See Them in a Crown: Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish Top LyricFind's 2019 Song Of the Summer Ranking," 5 Sep. 2019 The team found five genetic markers significantly associated with answering yes to those queries. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Genetics may explain up to 25% of same-sex behavior, giant analysis reveals," 29 Aug. 2019 An attacker could swap the URL a target site uses to talk to Apple Pay, for instance, with a malicious URL that can send queries or commands to the target site's infrastructure. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "How Apple Pay Buttons Can Make Websites Less Safe," 8 Aug. 2019 Please read her queries below and feel free to contact her with your experiences at 216-538-3230, or send an email to jwashington@plaind.com. 1. cleveland.com, "Calling All Readers: Share your experiences with ‘observation status’ or hospital ombudsmen," 14 Sep. 2019 And differential privacy builds in many such protections to preserve larger conclusions about trends no matter how granular someone makes their database queries. Wired, "Google Wants to Help Tech Companies Know Less About You," 5 Sep. 2019 Reliance Jio did not respond to queries from Quartz on the decline in its sales. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Despite falling sales, Reliance remains convinced of India’s love for JioPhone," 7 Aug. 2019 The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, which manages the tar pits, did not respond to a query on the matter. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Where’s the urban plan for L.A.’s biggest museum makeover in a decade?," 12 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The trooper, a male assigned to the [State Police Norwell Barracks], had pulled into the breakdown lane at approximately 12:15 a.m. while in the process of querying a vehicle’s license plate. Alyssa Lukpat, BostonGlobe.com, "Pickup truck smashes into Mass. State Police cruiser in Duxbury breakdown lane," 2 Aug. 2019 In Utah, between 2015 and 2017, federal and local officials queried a license database frequently, often several times a day, according to a log of searches. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "ICE and the FBI are using facial recognition on driver’s license databases around the US," 8 July 2019 Verstappen's radio messages to his engineer were becoming increasingly more frantic, querying everything from his car's power to the team strategy. Matias Grez, CNN, "Lewis Hamilton storms from behind to win thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix," 4 Aug. 2019 The task force has long advised doctors to query American adults — and in some cases adolescents — about their drinking and smoking habits. Melissa Healystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "With opioid abuse surging, expert panel recommends drug screening for all U.S. adults," 13 Aug. 2019 The inaccurate posts ask why President Donald Trump needs permission to query households about citizenship status on the 2020 census and blames Obama for scrubbing the question from the 2010 survey. Amanda Seitz, Fortune, "Did Obama Remove the Citizenship Question From the U.S. Census? Fact Check," 11 July 2019 For example, Vigilant Solutions, which maintains the country’s largest database of license plate photos, contracts with ICE, allowing agents to query a license plate and receive a log of everywhere it’s been spotted by license-plate-reading cameras. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "ICE and the Ever-Widening Surveillance Dragnet," 10 July 2019 According to a review of Gallup polling about homosexuality, first queried in 1977, support for gay people continues to increase. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "Young people increasingly 'detached supporters' of LGBTQ rights, survey says," 24 June 2019 Finally, this method allows the poll to easily query people in languages other than English and to show respondents visual displays, such as the text of ballot language for an initiative. David Lauter, latimes.com, "How the Berkeley IGS poll is done," 13 June 2019

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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

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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