Definition of question in English:

question

noun

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

    ‘we hope this leaflet has been helpful in answering your questions’
    • ‘I believe that only he would have the information to answer the questions that I would pose.’
    • ‘Certainly, a Minister cannot dodge a question by questioning the word of a member.’
    • ‘Your description can be a few words, a sentence, a question, or even just a single word.’
    • ‘Ask questions to elicit answers that will show you if this is a person you want treating your growing teen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The major challenge for the project group was to reach all staff members with information and answer their questions.’
    • ‘Curiously, you might not actually perceive this as a question designed to elicit information.’
    • ‘The chapter ends by providing common questions and answers about computer consulting.’
    • ‘She lets Chomsky answer these tough questions in his own words.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps the best way to put this is simply to say it exactly as the question is worded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Staff from the council offices will take questions and information will be available about council services.’
    • ‘They want all information relevant to their question so they can formulate an answer.’
    • ‘A doctor or nurse went on each visit to answer any questions and give health information.’
    • ‘Leaflets will be available giving up to date information and questions can be answered.’
    • ‘It also implies that a computer can never be programmed to answer all mathematical questions.’
    enquiry, query
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    1. 1.1 A doubt about the truth or validity of something.
      ‘there is no question that America faces the threat of Balkanization’
      • ‘It also raises questions about controls at the company's head office to enforce common standards across the group’
      • ‘There are also some questions over the validity of the Lancet study in the case of measuring casualties in Iraq.’
      • ‘If you have questions or doubts about the paint, have your local paint store check it for you.’
      • ‘At that time we had a lot of questions as to the validity of that information.’
      • ‘It left Bradford coach Brian Noble fuming and many others raising questions about the validity of the player's actions.’
      • ‘However, the question of the validity of soft dollars was not a debatable matter until recently.’
      • ‘Yet this must surely raise questions over the validity of the prize itself.’
      • ‘This would raise even more questions about the validity of the use of an MLAT, and the Home Office's involvement in it.’
      • ‘She was not prepared to give even the benefit of the doubt over the question of the mob's fighting prowess.’
      • ‘It was the seventh time Harrington had finished second that season and naturally his mind screamed with questions and doubts.’
      • ‘Will his violation raise questions about the validity of his case for a spot in the Hall of Fame some day?’
      • ‘For some the confidence of adolescence is replaced with questions and doubt, marking the transition to adulthood.’
      • ‘Two threads in the literature raise important questions about their validity.’
      • ‘I will return to the question of scientific validity at the end of my reply.’
      • ‘It also raises questions about the justification for this omissions liability, and whether citizens have fair warning of it.’
      • ‘He was always certain that when he met the right woman there would be no lingering doubts or questions.’
      • ‘No question of the validity of a law made by the Parliament arises in these proceedings.’
      doubt, dispute, argument, debate, uncertainty, dubiousness, controversy, reservation
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    2. 1.2 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’
      • ‘It begins at the end and ends at the beginning and is, without question, entertaining and moving.’
      • ‘That we need a strong Army to maintain our national stability and sovereignty is also beyond question.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Let me assure all concerned that any rainbow trout the size of salmon in this country are, without question, farmed.’
      • ‘There is simply no Archimedean point on which we can stand and make statements that are beyond question.’
      • ‘He is without question of that immortal company of artists who make all of our strivings less petty, more worth while.’
      • ‘If Nelson had lost Britain would have been invaded, without question.’
      • ‘It looks like Ben is going to save the day, and everybody obeys his orders without question.’
      • ‘The medical benefits of research on primates 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.’
      • ‘Almost all of what is left of this wonderful railway is in deep cuttings and this will attract undesirables without question.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their technical abilities have always been beyond question, but it takes more that pure skill to make a ballet company.’
      • ‘Throughout her career, her commitment was never in doubt and her courage beyond question.’
      • ‘Much has been made of the fact that we must pass this bill quickly and without question to show our support for the troops.’
      • ‘The compilations always, without question, included his preamble to the track and his following comments.’
      • ‘But I also believe that that support should not be given without question in all circumstances.’
      • ‘If he told one of us to do something we did it without question.’
      • ‘George Harrison will be remembered, beyond question, on his own terms, as a quiet man meeting a quiet end.’
      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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    3. 1.3 A matter forming the basis of a problem requiring resolution.
      ‘we have kept an eye on the question of political authority’
      • ‘One of them was an article authored by Mahatma Gandhi, discussing the minority question.’
      • ‘In Question Time Mark Latham wanted to focus on the question of truth in government.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The film-makers were asked to work on the question of conflict and resolution between communities.’
      • ‘He asked for subsequent parish council meetings to discuss the question of lack of support from Bradford Council.’
      • ‘To bring in these wider questions requires them to dissent from the government line.’
      • ‘There is no doubt the moral question of how to balance relative evils in this case is a very difficult one.’
      • ‘The first of these, with Pico Iyer as moderator, discussed questions of national identity.’
      • ‘The validity issue raises questions about whether we are measuring the appropriate things in the final examination.’
      • ‘This scenario no doubt raises questions as to whether it is morally right for a teacher to date a pupil.’
      • ‘Such questions of moral validity, he continues, are best left in the domain of religion.’
      • ‘But key questions remain unanswered following the case, about the legal protection available to those making claims of abuse.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, key questions remain unanswered: How much pressure can Bangalore roads take?’
      • ‘That is why the political questions we are discussing today are so significant.’
      • ‘Morgan resolved an important question relating to the interpretation of Title VII, the central federal anti-discrimination statute.’
      • ‘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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    4. 1.4 A matter or concern depending on or involving a specified condition or thing.
      ‘it was not simply a question of age and hierarchy’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is only a question of getting the farmers together and educating them.’
      • ‘Much of the discussion centers on the question of public broadcasting's bias.’
      • ‘He said the project was still on the cards as far as North Yorkshire Police were concerned, but it was a question of money.’
      • ‘There is a question of trust and it is a live issue and we have to deal with it.’
      • ‘All songs have meaning to someone, it's more a question of subject matter.’
      • ‘It was just a question of whether Scotland's vastly more experienced players could put out the young dragons' fire.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Identity is not a matter of physical or moral features, it is a question of space.’
      • ‘A second issue which we have not discussed here is the question of the housing market.’
      • ‘In short, this study reminds us that power is not so much a matter of discourse as a question of turf.’
      • ‘At the end of this month's debate in Spain, discussion turned to the question of patronage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Was it a question of lost spontaneity, or was it a matter of simply not feeling everything connect like it could?’
      • ‘A crucial meeting was due to take place today to discuss four vital questions on the future of the Metrolink.’
      • ‘Epstein is quite right in insisting that this issue must be dealt with as a question of principle.’
      • ‘This is a question of practical importance and a subject of debate in tax literature.’
      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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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Ask questions of (someone), especially in an official context.

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

Late Middle English: from Old French question (noun), questionner (verb), from Latin quaestio(n-), from quaerere ask, seek.

Pronunciation:

question

/ˈkwesCH(ə)n/