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 question in a Sentence
Can I ask you a personal question?
I don't understand the question.
Are there any more questions?
In answer to your question, our next meeting will be on Friday.
The essay questions on the test were easy.
There are 10 multiple-choice questions on the exam.
The exam included several questions on current events.
The question arose as to who would be responsible for caring for our grandmother.
I expected him to ask where I worked, but the question never came up.
The key question in solving the mystery is, how did the murderer enter the house? Verb
The reporter questioned her at length on her life as the First Lady.
The witness was questioned by the defense.
I could tell that she was questioning my decision.
He began to question his ability to do the job.
I trusted him and I never questioned what he told me.
The lawyer questioned the truth of the witness's statement.
He began to question whether the things she had said were really true. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Often, your excellent questions inspire us to write full-length articles.—Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2023 The question is always the balance between how high the state regulators will allow the rates to go, and whether the insurance industry believes that's high enough to cover the risk.—Dana Taylor, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2023 Alabama is facing dynasty-altering questions after the Crimson Tide lost for the second time in 54 home games.—Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 10 Sep. 2023 The recusal question has come up with regard to other issues, too.—Dan Kaufman, The New Yorker, 10 Sep. 2023 Terry Pluto Browns win over Bengals proves that Cleveland fans were asking the wrong questions about Deshaun Watson
Who is Jilly Anais, Deshaun Watson’s long-time girlfriend?—Irie Harris, cleveland, 10 Sep. 2023 But the filmmaker could not avoid fielding questions about the upcoming Marvel antihero film and its star, Ryan Reynolds.—Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2023 But in response to reporters’ questions, Biden denied any hostile intent, rejecting a new Cold War in the Indo-Pacific region.—Peter Baker, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2023 Ultimately, the Indonesians relented, and the questions went on as planned.—Mithil Aggarwal, NBC News, 10 Sep. 2023
The defense on Monday questioned Amtrak’s strategy of seeking to acquire the lease, saying the railroad filed the eminent domain case within days of offering USI $250 million to acquire leasing rights.—Luz Lazo, Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2023 So no one questioned why Maya’s character needed a fresh start.—Ronda Racha Penrice, Essence, 11 Sep. 2023 This is not the first time Lee has questioned Biden’s ability to continue to serve.—Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Sep. 2023 Roughly 100 posts questioning Haley Giavara’s exclusion appeared on the San Diego Open’s Instagram page; all have since been been deleted.—Glae Thien, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2023 And then Gauff took the microphone to address anyone who might have questioned if this day would arrive.—Howard Fendrich, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2023 Now, after the firing of the defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov, Ukrainian officials are publicly questioning this weapons-at-any-cost strategy.—Justin Scheck, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2023 After new footage from Super Mario Bros. Wonder was released, fans questioned whether or not Martinet still voiced the character.—Megan Farokhmanesh, WIRED, 9 Sep. 2023 Neither Kutcher nor Kunis’ letters questioned the conviction.—Tracy Brown Los Angeles Times (tns), al, 9 Sep. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin quaestion-, quaestio, from quaerere to seek, ask
: a question directed to an expert witness (as a physician) that is based on the existence of facts offered in evidence and the answer to which is an opinion to be considered in light of the evidence
Modern rules of evidence have lessened the need for a hypothetical question setting forth all of the facts to be assumed in answering the question. An expert witness may state an opinion based on data or facts considered reliable in his or her field even if not already disclosed or not admissible as evidence.
: a question so framed or presented as to suggest a particular answerleading questions should not be used on the direct examination of a witness except as may be necessary to develop the witness' testimony—Federal Rules of Evidence Rule 611(c)
Leading questions are permitted in cross-examination and in direct examination of an adverse witness or one who is a child or has a communication disorder.
: a particular matter or issue that is in dispute, uncertain, or to be inquired into
: a question of state law that may determine the outcome of a case pending in a federal court and that is submitted by the federal court to the state's highest court when there is no controlling state precedent
: a question of law submitted to a federal or state court by a lower court or tribunal
: a question that the court declines to consider because it involves a political matter that is not justiciable without infringing on the powers of the executive or legislative branch or is not accompanied by guiding policy or discoverable and manageable standards for resolving it see also political question doctrine
—question of fact
: a question that depends on an examination of factual matters, is usually decided by a jury, and is usually not considered on appeal
—question of law
: a question that depends on an examination of law rather than fact, is decided by a judge rather than by a jury, and may be examined on appeal
: a proposition submitted to a vote (as in a referendum)