question

noun
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

question

verb
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

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Verb

questioner noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for question

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When her daughter needed support caring for her children, Andrusczak took them in without question. Bridget Early, The Indianapolis Star, 16 June 2021 Find me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @amydroo or on the OSFoodie Instagram account @orlando.foodie or email me at amthompson@orlandosentinel.com, and your question could be answered in my weekly Ask Amy Drew column. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 15 June 2021 Without question there are individuals who have experienced directly tragic events related to this pandemic. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 15 June 2021 Buy Now Available from Amazon BGR may receive a commission Without question, the two games that Nintendo fans are most interested in learning more about are Metroid Prime 4 and the follow-up to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 15 June 2021 Without question, Netanyahu has left an indelible mark on Israel, changing and molding its path. Hadas Gold, CNN, 13 June 2021 And there is a funny anecdote about George Lucas deflecting her question, about the lack of panties and bras available for fitting during the filming of Star Wars, with an avowal that there’s no underwear in space. Michael Washburn, National Review, 13 June 2021 Without question, the world of technology and virtual presentations came together at the perfect time to fuel our geographic growth well into the future. Briah Lumpkins, The Enquirer, 12 June 2021 Wondering if your question’s already been answered? Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But millennials and Gen Zs, on the whole, seem more persistent, more vocal, and more apt than others to question and even upset the status quo. Michele Parmelee, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Cuco’s story is a rarity, because the majority of fresh artists don’t know to question the paperwork and cash piles that get dangled in front of them. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2021 As a part of this shift, some social conservatives have begun to question the libertarian habit of attributing violence exclusively to the state and persuasion exclusively to the market. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 15 June 2021 One may question his chronology; most observers believe that this tribalism has been intensifying over several decades. William A. Galston, WSJ, 15 June 2021 Marullo’s two new volumes supplement and question Frank’s conclusions on this and other matters. Gary Saul Morson, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021 However, a federal appeals court overturned the death sentencing last summer, ruling the trial judge failed to adequately question prospective jurors about if they had been biased by hearing about the case before the trial started. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 15 June 2021 In itself, that's a win for Putin and will cause some Americans to question Biden's game. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 15 June 2021 Such circumstances suggest this may be an inflection point in SBC history, as some question whether the denomination’s center can hold. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 June 2021

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First Known Use of question

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for question

Noun

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

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The first known use of question was in the 14th century

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17 Jun 2021

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question

noun

English Language Learners Definition of question

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sentence, phrase, or word that asks for information or is used to test someone's knowledge
: a matter or problem that is being discussed : a subject or topic
: doubt or uncertainty about something

question

verb

English Language Learners Definition of question (Entry 2 of 2)

: to ask (someone) questions about something
: to have or express doubt about (something)

question

noun
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.

question

verb
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.

question

noun
ques·​tion

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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