ques·​tion | \ ˈkwes-chən How to pronounce question (audio) , ˈkwesh- \

Definition of question

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : an interrogative expression often used to test knowledge
(2) : an interrogative sentence or clause
b : a subject or aspect in dispute or open for discussion : issue broadly : problem, matter
c(1) : a subject or point of debate or a proposition to be voted on in a meeting
(2) : the bringing of such to a vote
d : the specific point at issue
2a : an act or instance of asking : inquiry
b : interrogation also : a judicial or official investigation
c : torture as part of an examination
d(1) : objection, dispute true beyond question
(2) : room for doubt or objection little question of his skill
(3) : chance, possibility no question of escape


questioned; questioning; questions

Definition of question (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to ask a question of or about
2 : to interrogate intensively : cross-examine
3a : doubt, dispute
b : to subject to analysis : examine

Other Words from question


questioner noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for question

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 question in a Sentence

Noun 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: Noun O'Rourke again dodged the question, and didn't give a yes or no answer. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 1 Oct. 2022 Polls then and now show that the wealthy northeast region is roughly equally divided over the secession question. Joseph Wilson, ajc, 1 Oct. 2022 The question fans still have is whether Ayton and Williams have had that 1-on-1. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 1 Oct. 2022 The first debate question regarding gun control opened with a video of a Robb Elementary survivor stating that in Texas, an 18-year-old cannot buy beer, but can purchase an assault-style weapon similar to that which killed her classmates in Uvalde. Olivia Osteen, ABC News, 1 Oct. 2022 There’s a yes-no question on the November ballot that has the potential to make big changes in Alaska. Anchorage Daily News, 30 Sep. 2022 The Sacketts first appealed on a procedural question up to the U.S. Supreme Court, which kicked the case back to the lower courts in 2012. Time, 30 Sep. 2022 But the placement of those chargers will be critical to how easily Americans can travel long distances by car across the US — and remains one of the biggest question marks to get to mass adoption. Renée Rigdon, CNN, 30 Sep. 2022 Billboard Hot 100 hit, missing out on the question. Amina Niasse, Billboard, 30 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When Australia's Governor-General David Hurley had a conversation with Louis' mother, Kate Middleton, after her passing, the new Princess of Wales disclosed a rather heartbreaking question her youngest child had asked. Dory Jackson, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2022 The source alone will make anyone question the rumor. Chris Smith, BGR, 9 Sep. 2022 What’s more, high CDO turnover could understandably make employees question whether the company truly values DEI as a core business strategy. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 6 Sep. 2022 Eyeing the numbers, some Republican political observers question whether the Jones campaign can keep the lights on, much less get his name in front of voters between now and Nov. 8. Lisa Hammersly, Arkansas Online, 4 Sep. 2022 Such a low completion percentage isn’t ideal, which made people question Finley’s acumen. al, 30 Aug. 2022 Some question whether banning tourism will, in fact, push ordinary Russians to oppose the war, let alone the government. Beatriz Ríos, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2022 Workers who are attracted to the idea of quiet quitting should first question their motives and goals, Spielman said. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 24 Aug. 2022 Better Call Saul have also contributed to a renaissance for New Mexico's film industry, but highlighting the region's real-life issues with addiction and crime has naturally made some people question the benefits. Amanda Taylor,, 30 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of question


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for question


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin quaestion-, quaestio, from quaerere to seek, ask

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ques·​tion | \ ˈkwes-chən How to pronounce question (audio) \

Kids Definition of question

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something asked Please answer my question.
2 : a topic discussed or argued about The book raises several questions.
3 : objection sense 1 He obeyed without question.
4 : doubt or uncertainty about something I trust him without question.
5 : possibility sense 1, chance There was no question of escape.


questioned; questioning

Kids Definition of question (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to ask questions of or about Lawyers questioned the witness.
2 : to have or express doubts about They questioned his loyalty.



Legal Definition of question

1 : a particular query directed to a witness — compare interrogatory
hypothetical question \ ˌhī-​pə-​ˈthe-​ti-​kəl-​ \
: 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

Note: 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.

leading question
: a question so framed or presented as to suggest a particular answer leading questions should not be used on the direct examination of a witness except as may be necessary to develop the witness' testimonyFederal Rules of Evidence Rule 611(c)

Note: 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.

2 : a particular matter or issue that is in dispute, uncertain, or to be inquired into
certified question
1 : 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
2 : a question of law submitted to a federal or state court by a lower court or tribunal
federal question
: a question that falls under the jurisdiction of a federal court because it requires a resolution of the construction or application of federal law — see also federal question jurisdiction at jurisdiction
political question
: 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
3 : a proposition submitted to a vote (as in a referendum)

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