que·​ry | \ ˈkwir-ē How to pronounce query (audio) , ˈkwer- How to pronounce query (audio) \
plural queries

Essential Meaning of query

: a question or a request for information about something I have a query about my order. an Internet query The librarian responded to my query.

Full Definition of query

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a question in the mind : doubt


queried; querying

Definition of query (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to ask questions of especially with a desire for authoritative information
2 : to ask questions about especially in order to resolve a doubt
3 : to put as a question
4 : to mark with a query

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Other Words from query


querier noun

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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

Examples of query in a Sentence

Noun I have a query about my order. The librarian responded to my query. Verb They conducted a survey in which several hundred people were queried about their dietary habits. it seems odd that someone would want two stoves, so you'd better query that order
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Write the same query in French, and the answer will likely mention a famous French team, as the algorithm tunes its cultural perspective. Will Knight, Wired, 23 Aug. 2021 Neural machine translation models tend to be large — very expensive to train and moderately expensive to deploy and query. Ben Goertzel, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 While Anil Ambani’s ADA Group did not comment on Quartz’s query, his lawyer shared a statement with the Indian Express. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 4 Oct. 2021 In a recent query about General Conference traditions, The Salt Lake Tribune received dozens of responses from Latter-day Saints, some of whom detailed how their routines were modified or derailed due to the pandemic. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Oct. 2021 New Google tech will power web searches that begin as a photo or screenshot and continue as a text query. Khari Johnson, Wired, 30 Sep. 2021 Systems that humans can understand and query would make the technology more transparent, reliable and trustworthy. New York Times, 14 Sep. 2021 Ball followed his initial query up with another tweet questioning why most of the experiments were relatively recent: This adds an interesting wrinkle to the question. Chad Orzel, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Freedia carefully considered a query about the best strain of marijuana before naming White Widow. Keith Spera, NOLA.com, 8 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When built out, the public will be able to query the database to determine, for instance, whether Black men are given more time behind bars for various crimes than white men, among other searches. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 4 Oct. 2021 If forensic examiners can place the same weapon as being used in different locations, law enforcement officers can then query other sources of information, such as informants, witnesses and surveillance video to zero in on a suspect. Josh Campbell, CNN, 8 Aug. 2021 The service offerings, which include a suite of application programming interfaces (APIs), can be used to query blockchain data and facilitate the operation of decentralized applications. Steven Ehrlich, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Automation can help speed intelligent decision-making about which workloads are still performing and which ones are clunky and difficult to query. Chetan Mathur, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Most science communication training programs query participants and get positive responses. Robert Capers, The Conversation, 7 Apr. 2021 The tactic also enabled someone to query a set of user profiles and obtain certain information from their public profiles. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, 6 Apr. 2021 Dougall explained that 911 dispatch centers had allowed Banjo to directly query their databases. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Mar. 2021 Oracle will automatically identify the relationship between the data sets providing a business-level view of how the business analytics tool will query the data. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of query


1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1614, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for query


alteration of earlier quere, from Latin quaere, imperative of quaerere to ask

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20 Oct 2021

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“Query.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/query. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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que·​ry | \ ˈkwir-ē How to pronounce query (audio) , ˈkwer-ē \
plural queries

Kids Definition of query

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: question entry 1 sense 1 My queries went unanswered.


queried; querying

Kids Definition of query (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put as a question "Can I come?" she queried.
2 : to ask questions about especially in order to clear up a doubt They queried his decision.
3 : to ask questions of I'll query the professor.

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