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Present Participle: questioning
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017 ques•tion•ing
(kwes ′chə ning), USA pronunciation adj.
indicating or implying a question: a questioning tone in her voice.
characterized by or indicating intellectual curiosity; inquiring: an alert and questioning mind. n.
an inquiry or interrogation. ques ′tion•ing•ly, adv.
question + - ing 2, - ing 1 1795–1805 WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017 ques•tion /ˈkwɛstʃən/
USA pronunciation n.
a sentence in a form that is spoken to someone in order to get information in reply: Please answer me when I ask you a question. [ countable ]
a problem for discussion or under discussion; issue: There is another side to this question. [ countable ]
a problem or question given as part of an examination: The test had 40 short-answer questions. [ countable ]
a matter of some uncertainty or difficulty; problem: It was mainly a question of time. [ countable ] There can be no question of his guilt. [ uncountable ]
Government a proposal to be debated or voted on: The question is before the committee. [ countable ]
Government the procedure of putting a proposal to vote: He insisted on calling the question. [ countable; usually: the + ~ ] v.
to ask questions of; interrogate: The police questioned him closely. [~ + object ]
to make a question of; doubt: They questioned our sincerity. [~ + object ] I question if you are ready for success. [~ + clause ] Idioms
Idioms beyond (all) question, beyond dispute; without doubt: She is, beyond question, the most glamorous actress of all.
Idioms call in to dispute; or into question, challenge; cast doubt upon; question: to call into question someone's patriotism. [call + into + ~ + object ] called her patriotism into question. [call + object + into + ~ ]
Idioms in question:
under consideration: Where were you on the night in question? in dispute: His finances aren't in question. Idioms out of the question, not to be considered: getting an appointment for today is out of the question. See
. -ques- WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017 ques•tion
(kwes ′chən), USA pronunciation n.
a sentence in an interrogative form, addressed to someone in order to get information in reply.
a problem for discussion or under discussion; a matter for investigation.
a matter of some uncertainty or difficulty; problem (usually fol. by of ): It was simply a question of time.
a subject of dispute or controversy.
a proposal to be debated or voted on, as in a meeting or a deliberative assembly.
the procedure of putting a proposal to vote.
a problem of public policy submitted to the voters for an expression of opinion. [Politics. ]
a controversy that is submitted to a judicial tribunal or administrative agency for decision.
the interrogation by which information is secured. judicial examination or trial. [Obs. ]
the act of asking or inquiring; interrogation; query.
inquiry into or discussion of some problem or doubtful matter.
beg the question. See beg (def. 9).
beyond question, beyond dispute; without doubt: It was, beyond question, a magnificent performance.Also, beyond all question.
call in or into question:
to dispute; challenge. to cast doubt upon; question: This report calls into question all previous research on the subject.
under consideration. in dispute.
out of the question, not to be considered; unthinkable; impossible: She thought about a trip to Spain but dismissed it as out of the question. v.t.
to ask (someone) a question; ask questions of; interrogate.
to ask or inquire.
to make a question of; doubt: He questioned her sincerity.
to challenge or dispute: She questioned the judge's authority in the case. v.i.
to ask a question or questions.
ques ′tion•er, n.
Middle French questioner, derivative of the noun, nominal Latin quaestiōn- (stem of quaestiō), equivalent. to quaes-, stem of quaerere to ask + -tiōn- - tion; (verb, verbal) late Middle English Anglo-French questiun, Middle French question (noun, nominal) Middle English questio( u) n, questiun 1250–1300
1. inquiry, query, interrogation. See corresponding entry in Unabridged 16. query, examine. See corresponding entry in Unabridged 17. See See corresponding entry in Unabridged inquire.
1, 16. answer, reply. See corresponding entry in Unabridged
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
questioning / ˈkwɛstʃənɪŋ/ adj proceeding from or characterized by a feeling of doubt or uncertainty enthusiastic or eager for philosophical or other investigations; intellectually stimulated: an alert and questioning mind ˈquestioningly adv
question / ˈkwɛstʃən/ n a form of words addressed to a person in order to elicit information or evoke a response; interrogative sentence a point at issue: it's only a question of time until she dies, the question is how long they can keep up the pressure a difficulty or uncertainty; doubtful point an act of asking an investigation into some problem or difficulty a motion presented for debate by a deliberative body put the question ⇒ to require members of a deliberative assembly to vote on a motion presented a matter submitted to a court or other tribunal for judicial or quasi-judicial decision beyond (all) question ⇒ beyond (any) dispute or doubt call in, into question ⇒ to make (something) the subject of disagreement to cast doubt upon the validity, truth, etc, of (something) in question ⇒ under discussion: this is the man in question out of the question ⇒ beyond consideration; unthinkable or impossible vb ( mainly tr) to put a question or questions to (a person); interrogate to make (something) the subject of dispute or disagreement to express uncertainty about the validity, truth, etc, of (something); doubt Etymology: 13 th Century: via Old French from Latin quaestiō, from quaerere to seek ˈquestioner n
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