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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ques•tion /ˈkwɛstʃən/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- 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.
- a problem for discussion or under discussion; issue[countable]There is another side to this question.
- a problem or question given as part of an examination[countable]The test had 40 short-answer questions.
- 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.
- Government a proposal to be debated or voted on[countable]The question is before the committee.
- Government the procedure of putting a proposal to vote[countable; usually: the + ~]He insisted on calling the question.
- to ask questions of;
interrogate[~ + object]The police questioned him closely.
- to make a question of; doubt: [~ + object]They questioned our sincerity.[~ + clause]I question if you are ready for success.
- Idiomsbeyond (all) question, beyond dispute; without doubt:She is, beyond question, the most glamorous actress of all.
- Idiomscall in or into question, to dispute;
cast doubt upon;
question: [call + into + ~ + object]to call into question someone's patriotism.[call + object + into + ~]called her patriotism into question.
- under consideration:Where were you on the night in question?
Idiomsout of the question, not to be considered:getting an appointment for today is out of the question.
- in dispute:His finances aren't in question.
- 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.
- [Politics.]a problem of public policy submitted to the voters for an expression of opinion.
- a controversy that is submitted to a judicial tribunal or administrative agency for decision.
- the interrogation by which information is secured.
the act of asking or inquiring; interrogation;
- [Obs.]judicial examination or trial.
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 cast doubt upon;
question:This report calls into question all previous research on the subject.
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.
- to ask (someone) a question;
ask questions of;
- 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.
- to ask a question or questions.
1 . inquiry, query, interrogation. 16 . query, examine. 17 . See inquire.
1, 16 . answer, reply.
- 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
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
question /ˈkwɛstʃən/ n
vb (mainly tr)
- 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
Etymology: 13th Century: via Old French from Latin quaestiō, from quaerere to seekˈquestioner n
- 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
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