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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 townʼs police force to impose a curfew on residents under the age of 18
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call in question (or into)

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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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beat one's brains out (about), chew on, cudgel oneʼs brains (about), look at

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3 to have no trust or confidence in

  • it was apparent that voters were questioning the Presidentʼs 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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give the third degree to, pick the brains of

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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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