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question

noun

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1 an interrogative expression often used to test knowledge
  • because I have missed so many classes, I had a hard time answering every question on today's surprise quiz

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2 an act or instance of asking for information
  • after reading the brief statement to the reporters, the lawyer ended the press conference by saying, "No more questions, please"
  • the dozens of questions researched by the reference librarians

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4 a major object of interest or concern (as in a discussion or artistic composition)
  • it's a question of personal responsibility

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question

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Synonyms & Antonyms of question (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to demand proof of the truth or rightness of
  • the teenager openly questioned the authority of the town's police force to impose a curfew on residents under the age of 18

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2 to give serious and careful thought to
  • question your motives before you file the lawsuit: do you really care about the trees, or are you just trying to harass the neighbors?

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3 to have no trust or confidence in
  • it was apparent that voters were questioning the President's ability to manage the economy

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4 to put a question or questions to
  • the press should be allowed to question public officials about any matter of general interest

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5 to put a series of questions to
  • the police questioned the suspect before deciding that there was insufficient evidence to hold him

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Frequently Asked Questions About question

How does the verb question contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of question are ask, inquire, interrogate, and query. While all these words mean "to address a person in order to gain information," question usually suggests the asking of series of questions.

questioned them about every detail of the trip

When can ask be used instead of question?

Although the words ask and question have much in common, ask implies no more than the putting of a question.

ask for directions

In what contexts can inquire take the place of question?

While in some cases nearly identical to question, 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

When could interrogate be used to replace question?

The meanings of interrogate and question largely overlap; however, interrogate suggests formal or official systematic questioning.

the prosecutor interrogated the witness all day

When would query be a good substitute for question?

In some situations, the words query and question are roughly equivalent. However, query implies a desire for authoritative information or confirmation.

queried a librarian about the book

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

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“Question.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/question. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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