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query

noun

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1 a feeling or attitude that one does not know the truth, truthfulness, or trustworthiness of someone or something
  • readers will likely have a query or two about some of the more remarkable episodes in the memoir

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2 an act or instance of asking for information
  • please respond to my query at your earliest convenience

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query

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of query (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to demand proof of the truth or rightness of
  • it seems odd that someone would want two stoves, so you'd better query that order

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2 to put a question or questions to
  • queried the professor about the assignment

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3 to put a series of questions to
  • once the statement was given, the press secretary allowed reporters to query the President

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How does the verb query contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of query are ask, inquire, interrogate, and question. While all these words mean "to address a person in order to gain information," query implies a desire for authoritative information or confirmation.

queried a librarian about the book

When might ask be a better fit than query?

In some situations, the words ask and query are roughly equivalent. However, ask implies no more than the putting of a question.

ask for directions

When can inquire be used instead of query?

While in some cases nearly identical to query, 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

In what contexts can interrogate take the place of query?

The synonyms interrogate and query are sometimes interchangeable, but interrogate suggests formal or official systematic questioning.

the prosecutor interrogated the witness all day

Where would question be a reasonable alternative to query?

The words question and query are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, question usually suggests the asking of series of questions.

questioned them about every detail of the trip

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The first known use of query was in 1614

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“Query.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/query. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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