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question

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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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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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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

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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 26 May. 2020.

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