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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ques•tion /ˈkwɛstʃən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a sentence in a form that is spoken to someone in order to get information in reply[countable]Please answer me when I ask you a question.
  2. a problem for discussion or under discussion; issue[countable]There is another side to this question.
  3. a problem or question given as part of an examination[countable]The test had 40 short-answer questions.
  4. a matter of some uncertainty or difficulty; problem: [countable]It was mainly a question of time.[uncountable]There can be no question of his guilt.
  5. Government a proposal to be debated or voted on[countable]The question is before the committee.
  6. Government the procedure of putting a proposal to vote[countable; usually: the + ~]He insisted on calling the question.

v. 
  1. to ask questions of;
    interrogate[+ object]The police questioned him closely.
  2. to make a question of; doubt: [+ object]They questioned our sincerity.[+ clause]I question if you are ready for success.
idiom
  1. Idiomsbeyond (all) question, beyond dispute; without doubt:She is, beyond question, the most glamorous actress of all.
  2. Idiomscall in or into question, to dispute;
    challenge;
    cast doubt upon;
    question: [call + into + ~ + object]to call into question someone's patriotism.[call + object + into + ~]called her patriotism into question.
  3. in question: 
      • under consideration:Where were you on the night in question?
      • in dispute:His finances aren't in question.
  4. Idiomsout 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 © 2016
ques•tion  (kweschən), 
n. 
  1. a sentence in an interrogative form, addressed to someone in order to get information in reply.
  2. a problem for discussion or under discussion;
    a matter for investigation.
  3. a matter of some uncertainty or difficulty;
    problem (usually fol. by of ):It was simply a question of time.
  4. a subject of dispute or controversy.
  5. a proposal to be debated or voted on, as in a meeting or a deliberative assembly.
  6. the procedure of putting a proposal to vote.
  7. [Politics.]a problem of public policy submitted to the voters for an expression of opinion.
  8. [Law.]
      • a controversy that is submitted to a judicial tribunal or administrative agency for decision.
      • the interrogation by which information is secured.
      • [Obs.]judicial examination or trial.
  9. the act of asking or inquiring; interrogation;
    query.
  10. inquiry into or discussion of some problem or doubtful matter.
  11. beg the question. See beg (def. 9).
  12. beyond question, beyond dispute;
    without doubt:It was, beyond question, a magnificent performance.Also,beyond all question. 
  13. call in or into question: 
      • to dispute;
        challenge.
      • to cast doubt upon;
        question:This report calls into question all previous research on the subject.
    in question: 
      • under consideration.
      • in dispute.
  14. 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. 
  1. to ask (someone) a question;
    ask questions of;
    interrogate.
  2. to ask or inquire.
  3. to make a question of;
    doubt:He questioned her sincerity.
  4. to challenge or dispute:She questioned the judge's authority in the case.

v.i. 
  1. to ask a question or questions.
Etymology:
  • 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
question•er, n. 
1 . inquiry, query, interrogation. 16 . query, examine. 17 . See inquire.  1, 16 . answer, reply.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

question /ˈkwɛstʃən/ n
  1. a form of words addressed to a person in order to elicit information or evoke a response; interrogative sentence
  2. 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
  3. a difficulty or uncertainty; doubtful point
  4. an act of asking
  5. an investigation into some problem or difficulty
  6. a motion presented for debate by a deliberative body
  7. put the questionto require members of a deliberative assembly to vote on a motion presented
  8. a matter submitted to a court or other tribunal for judicial or quasi-judicial decision
  9. beyond (all) questionbeyond (any) dispute or doubt
  10. call in, into questionto make (something) the subject of disagreement
  11. to cast doubt upon the validity, truth, etc, of (something)
  12. in questionunder discussion: this is the man in question
  13. out of the questionbeyond consideration; unthinkable or impossible
vb (mainly tr)
  1. to put a question or questions to (a person); interrogate
  2. to make (something) the subject of dispute or disagreement
  3. to express uncertainty about the validity, truth, etc, of (something); doubt
Etymology: 13th Century: via Old French from Latin quaestiō, from quaerere to seek

ˈquestioner n



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