Definition of query in English:


nounPlural queries

  • 1A question, especially one expressing doubt or requesting information.

    ‘if you have any queries please telephone our office’
    • ‘Be sure that these queries and objections are answered and understood so as to draw out loyalty and trust.’
    • ‘For an advice leaflet or for further queries or information, farmers can contact the Environmental Services Section.’
    • ‘The Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism declined to respond to queries regarding the information dispersal.’
    • ‘It is disappointing that this item was reported without any contact with the local authority and as a result could raise understandable queries for the public about the work of council staff.’
    • ‘I especially liked the coverage of current issues and the Q&A sections where you answer reader's queries.’
    • ‘They are also interested in reducing the support costs associated with responding to queries from production management specialists.’
    • ‘When asked if there was a Press Section to respond to queries, she said she was unaware of any such means of dealing with issues and that it was a matter for the engineers.’
    • ‘The kids come to expect that special time and will remind you with their queries: ‘What are we doing for Family Night?’’
    • ‘The foundation operates a 24-hour freephone helpline, run by trained staff and nurses, to give information and answer queries on the disease.’
    • ‘Those who have a query, are seeking information or wish to register a complaint and are unsure whom to contact, may call the North West’
    • ‘A council spokesperson said he was not in a position to answer the query on the double yellow lines.’
    • ‘His second query concerned the request from residents, whose property faces onto the Fairgreen at the rear, to have a footpath installed behind their houses.’
    • ‘He stressed that all times he was merely forwarding queries and requests from the man's sister.’
    • ‘The station now has more staff to deal with queries and give out information and there are 15 CCTV cameras operating 24 hours-a-day to help ensure passenger safety.’
    • ‘A key factor for companies operating a telephone-based link to customers is the management of special call centres to handle sales and customer queries.’
    • ‘Whilst the staff are able to address insurance queries they do not have underwriting authority and cannot provide underwriting solutions during the meeting.’
    • ‘Women often have complex pension queries, because of broken work records and complicated national insurance rules.’
    • ‘In fact it brings new pressures to react even more quickly to quotations and queries.’
    • ‘But there were many words he couldn't understand and he pestered his grandfather with queries about what they meant.’
    • ‘Call centers in the Philippines answer customer queries for insurance firms.’
    question, enquiry
    doubt, uncertainty, question, question mark, reservation, suspicion
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    1. 1.1 Used in writing or speaking to question the accuracy of a following statement or to introduce a question.
      • ‘"You reminded me of someone I once knew.‥" (Query her sister?)’
      • ‘On the third night I noted that a snake ‘query, boomslang’ had slithered across my legs that night.’
      • ‘"Arick" is said by a local informant to have been one Eric Corlett who lived there towards the end of the 17th (query 18th?) century.’
      • ‘It would have had to be an unwary Hun that let me get near him with my pike—design Circa 1500; origin query Birmingham Small Arms Company.’
      • ‘Query: doesn't it make sense to maintain a first-rate desert training center?’
      • ‘The brother has a much younger wife, a daughter (query: stepdaughter) now about eighteen, and another daughter who is five.’
      • ‘Query: would Joyce have ever agreed to this?’
      • ‘Query: what should I do about my legs in hot weather?’
      • ‘He was asked by various private surgeons to administer to their patients anesthesia by acupuncture (query—does he mean anesthesia or analgesia: there's a bloody big difference).’
      • ‘The farm of Gors (query, Glan-y-Gors?) lies near Bodwrdda and Ffynnon Ddurdan.’
    2. 1.2Printing A question mark.

verbqueried, queries, querying

  • 1reporting verb Ask a question about something, especially in order to express one's doubts about it or to check its validity or accuracy.

    with clause ‘many people queried whether any harm had been done’
    with object ‘I rang the water company to query my bill’
    with direct speech ‘‘Why not?’ he queried’
    • ‘He queried whether a craftsman who had been employed to carry out repairs was still employed by the council.’
    • ‘I have had many friends afraid to go and ask questions or query anything simply because they don't know whether the clerk will decide to unleash her day's frustration on them.’
    • ‘Replays showed Jayawardene took the low catch on the half-volley and home umpire Asoka de Silva referred to square-leg colleague Dave Orchard to query whether the catch had been taken cleanly.’
    • ‘We queried whether the doctor became hungry on the second day, but he assured us that he's long since become accustomed to no-food days.’
    • ‘I was triple checking my switches and querying the boomer for indications on his instruments.’
    • ‘Two residents from Bridge End Cottages had written to Settle Town Council querying whether the football field was the right location, but the council has yet to discuss the letter.’
    • ‘While scientists may well query the value of this kind of concept, I am sure that many social scientists will query its entire validity.’
    • ‘The problem came to light last month when two customers queried bills after signing up to new packages launched earlier this year.’
    • ‘Medical experts querying the Hutton conclusion have formed the Kelly Investigation Group.’
    • ‘Some shareholders are expected to query whether this would be the most prudent use of the money.’
    • ‘That is not a call for censorship, but it is legitimate to query whether this project is the most suitable to receive public money.’
    • ‘But the BMJ queried whether these conclusions had been drawn from an examination of the study's raw data.’
    • ‘It is legitimate to query whether all of his views are correct but to make an honest man ‘apologise’ helps no-one but the terrorists.’
    • ‘She completely fails to query whether or not this competitive bloodlust is something we as a society want to encourage.’
    • ‘If there was no second opinion from a psychiatrist, the surgeon should have queried this - whether that's standard procedure or not.’
    • ‘The golf course is a good public amenity but I would query whether it could be run in a way that at least allows it to break even.’
    • ‘‘I'll be querying whether these new revelations relate to matters that should be declared under the ministerial code,’ said Theresa May, shadow leader of the house.’
    • ‘Generally, it was welcomed in Sligo, but some people queried whether the growth of the town might be at the expense of the surrounding areas.’
    • ‘The second column shows how many times each function queried the database and the last column shows the functions' names and source files.’
    • ‘Nervousness spread as investors queried whether they could trust the accounting at other high-growth companies.’
    ask, enquire, question
    question, call in question, call into question, doubt, entertain doubts about, raise doubts about, throw doubt on, express suspicions about, harbour suspicions about, have suspicions about, suspect, feel uneasy about, express reservations about, harbour reservations about, have reservations about, challenge, dispute, cast aspersions on, object to, raise objections to
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    1. 1.1North American with object Put a question or questions to (someone)
      ‘when these officers were queried, they felt unhappy’
      • ‘The finding of most interest is that directly querying individuals about prior diagnosis and/or treatment of bipolar disorder is considerably more efficient than symptom-based screening.’
      • ‘Students were queried with respect to individual needs in order to create an optimal learning environment.’
      • ‘A recent survey shows women are queried more often than men about their expense claims.’
      • ‘Anyway, some have asked us to query our readers since we are in touch with so many people in the healthcare industry.’
      • ‘His developers spent years querying doctors on their needs and testing prototypes in real-world settings.’
      • ‘In the Scottish ballad, the Mother obviously does not believe her son's first answer, and she queries him again and again.’
      • ‘She's been watching things from there, querying military leaders there about how this fits into the overall tactics and strategies for the U.S.’
      • ‘We got a chance to query him on a variety of subjects and his answers provide an interesting look into his mind (or at the very least scratch the surface).’
      • ‘We recently have sent out questionnaire to query our Japanese readers about their reactions to our magazine and products.’
      • ‘The students were queried on various social values as well as military recruiting options.’
      • ‘Though the place was empty, she never got her coffee, and when she queried the waitress, she was told she had to go to another room.’
      • ‘Giambi said he had queried Anderson about Bonds' workout and health regimens.’
      • ‘Sometimes a questionnaire can be used to query students.’
      • ‘Fred First is querying his fellow bloggers on their dialect oddities, and getting an international response.’
      • ‘According to this finely observed account, he learned most about the animals by querying hunters and listening intently to what they had to say.’
      • ‘Clinicians should query parents about eating behaviors when discussing dietary habits at well-child visits.’
      • ‘The log-in procedures are different for the two services, but each queries you for passwords on three separate occasions.’
      • ‘And after querying a few people on the subject, I learned that there had been a recent death in the family.’
      • ‘When the controller again queried the pilot, the pilot did not respond.’
      • ‘We query the teacher as to her views on assessment and accountability in general and special education, and on inclusion of students in general education.’


Mid 17th century: anglicized form of the Latin imperative quaere!, used in the 16th century in English as a verb in the sense ‘inquire’ and as a noun meaning ‘query’, from Latin quaerere ‘ask, seek’.