Definition of question in English:



  • 1A sentence worded or expressed so as to elicit information.

    ‘we hope this leaflet has been helpful in answering your questions’
    • ‘Your description can be a few words, a sentence, a question, or even just a single word.’
    • ‘I believe that only he would have the information to answer the questions that I would pose.’
    • ‘Curiously, you might not actually perceive this as a question designed to elicit information.’
    • ‘Ask questions to elicit answers that will show you if this is a person you want treating your growing teen.’
    • ‘Leaflets will be available giving up to date information and questions can be answered.’
    • ‘They want all information relevant to their question so they can formulate an answer.’
    • ‘Interested parents are invited to come along to the meeting this evening to ask questions and gather information.’
    • ‘Organisers of both courses will be there on the evening to provide information and answer questions.’
    • ‘It also implies that a computer can never be programmed to answer all mathematical questions.’
    • ‘Staff from the council offices will take questions and information will be available about council services.’
    • ‘A doctor or nurse went on each visit to answer any questions and give health information.’
    • ‘Perhaps the best way to put this is simply to say it exactly as the question is worded.’
    • ‘Here is some background information that may help answer the questions.’
    • ‘He now refuses to speak to Swedish journalists and he chooses his words carefully when answering questions.’
    • ‘They refuse to answer questions adequately; they refuse to provide detailed information.’
    • ‘I must however add a few words regarding how the question is to be approached and answered.’
    • ‘She lets Chomsky answer these tough questions in his own words.’
    • ‘The chapter ends by providing common questions and answers about computer consulting.’
    • ‘Certainly, a Minister cannot dodge a question by questioning the word of a member.’
    • ‘The major challenge for the project group was to reach all staff members with information and answer their questions.’
    enquiry, query
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    1. 1.1A doubt about the truth or validity of something.
      ‘there's no question that the company's true financial situation is different’
      • ‘Will his violation raise questions about the validity of his case for a spot in the Hall of Fame some day?’
      • ‘It was the seventh time Harrington had finished second that season and naturally his mind screamed with questions and doubts.’
      • ‘For some the confidence of adolescence is replaced with questions and doubt, marking the transition to adulthood.’
      • ‘I will return to the question of scientific validity at the end of my reply.’
      • ‘No question of the validity of a law made by the Parliament arises in these proceedings.’
      • ‘It also raises questions about the justification for this omissions liability, and whether citizens have fair warning of it.’
      • ‘If you have questions or doubts about the paint, have your local paint store check it for you.’
      • ‘He was always certain that when he met the right woman there would be no lingering doubts or questions.’
      • ‘There are also some questions over the validity of the Lancet study in the case of measuring casualties in Iraq.’
      • ‘She was not prepared to give even the benefit of the doubt over the question of the mob's fighting prowess.’
      • ‘Yet this must surely raise questions over the validity of the prize itself.’
      • ‘However, the question of the validity of soft dollars was not a debatable matter until recently.’
      • ‘Two threads in the literature raise important questions about their validity.’
      • ‘This would raise even more questions about the validity of the use of an MLAT, and the Home Office's involvement in it.’
      • ‘It left Bradford coach Brian Noble fuming and many others raising questions about the validity of the player's actions.’
      • ‘It also raises questions about controls at the company's head office to enforce common standards across the group’
      • ‘At that time we had a lot of questions as to the validity of that information.’
      doubt, dispute, argument, debate, uncertainty, dubiousness, controversy, reservation
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    2. 1.2[mass noun]The raising of a doubt about or objection to something.
      ‘Edward was the only one she obeyed without question’
      ‘her loyalty is really beyond question’
      • ‘But I also believe that that support should not be given without question in all circumstances.’
      • ‘He is without question of that immortal company of artists who make all of our strivings less petty, more worth while.’
      • ‘Almost all of what is left of this wonderful railway is in deep cuttings and this will attract undesirables without question.’
      • ‘The compilations always, without question, included his preamble to the track and his following comments.’
      • ‘George Harrison will be remembered, beyond question, on his own terms, as a quiet man meeting a quiet end.’
      • ‘Much has been made of the fact that we must pass this bill quickly and without question to show our support for the troops.’
      • ‘Hal Sutton's US team was simply never in the contest, as this DVD proves beyond question.’
      • ‘But we carry that burden and continue to serve to the best of our ability and go forth without question.’
      • ‘If he told one of us to do something we did it without question.’
      • ‘It looks like Ben is going to save the day, and everybody obeys his orders without question.’
      • ‘It begins at the end and ends at the beginning and is, without question, entertaining and moving.’
      • ‘Their technical abilities have always been beyond question, but it takes more that pure skill to make a ballet company.’
      • ‘There is simply no Archimedean point on which we can stand and make statements that are beyond question.’
      • ‘While he always obeys an instruction without question, his only acknowledgement of the request comes in the form of a grunt or a nod.’
      • ‘That she has a great pair of lungs on her is beyond question, but perhaps you have had to live a little first to really mean what you sing about.’
      • ‘Let me assure all concerned that any rainbow trout the size of salmon in this country are, without question, farmed.’
      • ‘That we need a strong Army to maintain our national stability and sovereignty is also beyond question.’
      • ‘If Nelson had lost Britain would have been invaded, without question.’
      • ‘The medical benefits of research on primates are beyond question.’
      • ‘Throughout her career, her commitment was never in doubt and her courage beyond question.’
      undoubted, beyond doubt, without doubt, certain, indubitable, indisputable, irrefutable, incontestable, incontrovertible, unquestionable, undeniable, unmistakable, clear, patent, manifest, obvious, palpable
      indisputably, irrefutably, incontestably, incontrovertibly, unquestionably, undeniably, undoubtedly, beyond doubt, without doubt, certainly, indubitably, unmistakably, clearly, patently, manifestly, obviously, palpably
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  • 2A matter requiring resolution or discussion.

    ‘the question of local government funding worried ministers’
    • ‘Meanwhile, key questions remain unanswered: How much pressure can Bangalore roads take?’
    • ‘The film-makers were asked to work on the question of conflict and resolution between communities.’
    • ‘Our discussion will consider questions of rights, individual freedom, harm, and conceptions of the good life.’
    • ‘This raises a number of questions which no doubt The Register's beloved readers will be pleased to weigh in on.’
    • ‘But key questions remain unanswered following the case, about the legal protection available to those making claims of abuse.’
    • ‘In Question Time Mark Latham wanted to focus on the question of truth in government.’
    • ‘The first of these, with Pico Iyer as moderator, discussed questions of national identity.’
    • ‘He asked for subsequent parish council meetings to discuss the question of lack of support from Bradford Council.’
    • ‘Such questions of moral validity, he continues, are best left in the domain of religion.’
    • ‘One of them was an article authored by Mahatma Gandhi, discussing the minority question.’
    • ‘That is why the political questions we are discussing today are so significant.’
    • ‘The validity issue raises questions about whether we are measuring the appropriate things in the final examination.’
    • ‘To bring in these wider questions requires them to dissent from the government line.’
    • ‘Morgan resolved an important question relating to the interpretation of Title VII, the central federal anti-discrimination statute.’
    • ‘This scenario no doubt raises questions as to whether it is morally right for a teacher to date a pupil.’
    • ‘There is no doubt the moral question of how to balance relative evils in this case is a very difficult one.’
    • ‘Still ahead here, is it a question of states' rights, or is it a violation of civil rights?’
    subject, subject matter, theme, issue, matter, point, talking point, concern, argument, discussion, thesis, text, concept, field, area, keynote, leitmotif
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    1. 2.1A matter or concern depending on or involving a specified condition or thing.
      ‘it was not simply a question of age and hierarchy’
      • ‘He said the project was still on the cards as far as North Yorkshire Police were concerned, but it was a question of money.’
      • ‘Identity is not a matter of physical or moral features, it is a question of space.’
      • ‘It is only a question of getting the farmers together and educating them.’
      • ‘After that, it's just a question of deciding which restaurant to take your group to once the show is over and how you are going to get them there.’
      • ‘A crucial meeting was due to take place today to discuss four vital questions on the future of the Metrolink.’
      • ‘This is a question of practical importance and a subject of debate in tax literature.’
      • ‘It was just a question of whether Scotland's vastly more experienced players could put out the young dragons' fire.’
      • ‘At the end of this month's debate in Spain, discussion turned to the question of patronage.’
      • ‘Was it a question of lost spontaneity, or was it a matter of simply not feeling everything connect like it could?’
      • ‘There is a question of trust and it is a live issue and we have to deal with it.’
      • ‘He points out that if you have already got tens of millions of willing users, it's just a question of working out what you can charge them for.’
      • ‘A second issue which we have not discussed here is the question of the housing market.’
      • ‘Epstein is quite right in insisting that this issue must be dealt with as a question of principle.’
      • ‘Three months is not long in a new demanding job and perhaps it's more a question of how you and your girlfriend are handling these changes.’
      • ‘That has to be a question of opinion rather than fact, so it depends on what you make of the evidence.’
      • ‘Colin Davey, a member of the Bradford team, said it was a question of educating businesses about the tax system.’
      • ‘It's not just a question of corporate control over the news, but rather how the news is made.’
      • ‘All songs have meaning to someone, it's more a question of subject matter.’
      • ‘In short, this study reminds us that power is not so much a matter of discourse as a question of turf.’
      • ‘Much of the discussion centers on the question of public broadcasting's bias.’
      issue, matter, business, problem, point at issue, point, concern, subject, topic, theme, item, case, proposal, proposition, debate, argument, dispute, bone of contention, controversy
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  • 1 Ask (someone) questions, especially in an official context.

    ‘four men were being questioned about the killings’
    ‘the young lieutenant escorted us to the barracks for questioning’
    • ‘When he was questioned he admitted taking the purse and the prescription pad and finding the other items.’
    • ‘Then they were stopping, searching and questioning people as they came through.’
    • ‘Hammer was arrested on Sunday night after six people were questioned at a house near the crime scene.’
    • ‘They followed up the raid by staking out the area over the bank holiday weekend to question people visiting the house.’
    • ‘He was questioned by police and released on bail pending further inquiries.’
    • ‘Although a number of people were questioned under caution, no-one was ever charged.’
    • ‘Officers in Finglas Station will question people who were at the scene to establish how the man was shot.’
    • ‘The detention plans were put forward after senior police officers argued they needed extra time to question suspects.’
    • ‘A policewoman told a jury how she ran after a driver who sped off as she was questioning him.’
    • ‘After questioning his wife, police said that he may have left for Pakistan earlier this month.’
    • ‘When he was questioned he told officers that he carried the screwdriver as a weapon because he was a paranoid man.’
    • ‘Police are also keen to question the soldiers at the nearby Fort George army barracks who were on duty on the night of the fatal shooting.’
    • ‘Detectives carefully planned the interview and how they were going to question him.’
    • ‘At the last minute, Hain was told that his interrogators were in fact planning to question him about something else.’
    • ‘Police have started questioning the driver and passengers after a coach overturned on a mountain road.’
    • ‘Police arrested one man in connection with the crime and were questioning him yesterday.’
    • ‘If a policeman questions a teenager, they must fill out a 40 question form.’
    • ‘Police were today questioning a man whose arrest led to a series of anti-terrorist raids last night.’
    • ‘Police were yesterday questioning a man after a teenager was found stabbed to death in the street.’
    • ‘He was taken to Lucan where he was questioned and then charged with drugs offences.’
    interrogate, ask questions of, put questions to, cross-examine, cross-question, quiz, probe, canvass, catechize, interview, debrief, sound out, examine, give the third degree to
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    1. 1.1Feel or express doubt about; raise objections to.
      ‘members had questioned the cost of the scheme’
      • ‘If a battle did not succeed, its execution, not its objectives, were questioned.’
      • ‘Some people are even questioning its viability as a company.’
      • ‘I constantly question his love, which has led to him doubting our relationship.’
      • ‘If you question the cost; a local agency told us we should focus on the child and somehow raise the money.’
      • ‘It is your right as a member to question these actions, and request such modifications as you see fit.’
      • ‘Now, it was not for me to question her purity, but I had certain doubts about her saintliness.’
      • ‘However, in light of recent data many have started to question whether it will raise rates again so soon.’
      • ‘Nobody questions the wisdom behind the decision to set up the commission.’
      • ‘It has given some an excuse to question our cause and to cast doubt on our motives.’
      • ‘Scientists are constantly questioning their assumptions and challenging their own findings.’
      • ‘The final line of defence is to question the priorities of those who continue to raise Iraq, and dismiss the issue as a bore.’
      • ‘He was raised a Methodist but began to question his faith after seeing so many die in the Korean war.’
      • ‘But no one is seriously questioning its validity.’
      • ‘A series of public meetings have also been organised where people can question council officers about the plans.’
      • ‘At no time was an audience challenged to question a moral conundrum, or inspired to see the world through different eyes.’
      • ‘The interviewer was aghast that I could question the prime minister's integrity.’
      • ‘No matter what our build we always have doubts; we always question our desirability and self-worth.’
      • ‘It questions the bland aphorisms of beauty and raises the difficult issues of purity and exclusivity.’
      • ‘Mired in depression and doubt, he started to question his most fundamental beliefs.’
      • ‘Some critics question the authenticity of the tablets.’
      query, 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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Late Middle English: from Old French question (noun), questionner (verb), from Latin quaestio(n-), from quaerere ask, seek.