question

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

Essential Meaning of question

1 : a sentence, phrase, or word that asks for information or is used to test someone's knowledge Can I ask you a personal question? Please answer my question. See More ExamplesI don't understand the question. Are there any more questions? I have a couple of legal questions (for you). In answer to your question, our next meeting will be on Friday. The essay questions on the test were easy/hard. There are 10 multiple-choice questions on the exam. The exam included several questions on/about 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. I am sure to get a raise. The question is [=what I want to know is], how much it will be? The key question in solving the mystery is, how did the murderer enter the house? One question still remains: Do we have the funding for this project? (formal) She posed the question of [=she asked] whether we could get funding for the project. Stop avoiding the question and answer me! She hoped to avoid awkward/embarrassing questions about her personal life during the interview. Whether voters will support him remains an open question. [=no one knows yet whether voters will support him] There are still many unanswered questions about his past. It was a rhetorical question. I didn't expect an answer. "How can we reduce expenses without cutting important programs?" "(That's a) good question." [=I don't know] The big question [=the thing everyone would like to know] is, will he be number one in the football draft? There will be a question and answer session [=a period of time when people can have their questions answered] following the speech. (formal) The lawyer would like to put another question to the defendant. [=ask the defendant another question]Hide
2 : a matter or problem that is being discussed : a subject or topic Her paper raises several questions [=issues] that need to be discussed/addressed. It is still an open question whether or not you may go.
3 : doubt or uncertainty about something There was little question of her being able to do the work. There is considerable question about the actual value of the property.

Full 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

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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 After every performance, French Champagne is poured while the musicians stay for a question-and-answer period. Beth Wood Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2021 The respondents had more trouble understanding the First Amendment with a question about Facebook. Arkansas Online, 19 Sep. 2021 And the young quarterback brushed off a question when asked if was seeing ghosts. Andy Vasquez, USA TODAY, 19 Sep. 2021 Slovis’ job was never in question under Helton, but now? Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2021 In addition to the loss and a potential question at quarterback, the Wildcats’ competence on defense has slipped. Mitchell Northam, chicagotribune.com, 19 Sep. 2021 For answers, turn to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. oregonlive, 19 Sep. 2021 Send your relationship question to loveletters@globe.com or fill out this form. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2021 But to answer your question, yes: there’s five possibilities on that play right there to give ourselves the best chance to get somebody in the end zone. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 19 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The country has sometimes struggled with hesitancy as some question the safety of the two-shot AstraZeneca vaccine, which is no longer in use in Norway because of concerns over unusual blood clots in a small number of people who received it. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2021 The country has sometimes struggled with hesitancy as some question the safety of the two-shot AstraZeneca vaccine, which is no longer in use in Norway because of concerns over unusual blood clots in a small number of people who received it. Rodney Muhumuza, ajc, 11 Sep. 2021 There is substantial freedom for the soloist in precisely how to speak or question. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 The recent pandemic has led many streaming royalty recipients to take a hard look at their royalty statements and question the fairness of how streaming and other digital royalties are split. Jem Aswad, Variety, 9 Sep. 2021 This left the village to reassess and question the best approach for code inspections. James T. Norman, chicagotribune.com, 3 Sep. 2021 Ultimately the answer is that public university support is declining somewhat, enrollments have fallen, and more Americans question whether colleges deserve special support. Richard Vedder, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Your colleague is trying to usurp your authority or question your judgment in passive aggressive ways. Roxane Gay, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2021 Gamers streaming his antics transform him into a viral savior and question their own digital bloodlust. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 13 Aug. 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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question

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

Kids Definition of question

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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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