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 followed 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.
Obsolete. judicial examination or trial.
the act of asking or inquiring; interrogation; query.
inquiry into or discussion of some problem or doubtful matter.
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.
to ask a question or questions.
beg the question. beg1 (def 9).
beyond question, beyond dispute; without doubt:
It was, beyond question, a magnificent performance.
Also, beyond all question.
call in / into question,
to dispute; challenge.
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.
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: a question of money, there’s no question about it
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
(law) a matter submitted to a court or other tribunal for judicial or quasi-judicial decision
question of fact, (in English law) that part of the issue before a court that is decided by the jury
question of law, (in English law) that part of the issue before a court that is decided by the judge
beg the question
to avoid giving a direct answer by posing another question
to assume the truth of that which is intended to be proved See petitio principii
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: the marriage is out of the question
(informal) pop the question, to propose marriage
verb (mainly transitive)
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
ask a stupid question
beg the question
beside the point (question)
call in question
out of the question
pop the question
- Beyond comparison
Also, without comparison or beyond compare. Too superior to be compared, unrivaled, as in This view of the mountains is beyond comparison, or That bakery is without comparison. The first term, more common today than the much older variants, was first recorded in 1871. Without comparison goes back to 1340, and without compare to 1621. […]
- Beyond measure
a unit or standard of measurement: weights and measures. a system of measurement: liquid measure. an instrument, as a graduated rod or a container of standard capacity, for measuring. the extent, dimensions, quantity, etc., of something, ascertained especially by comparison with a standard: to take the measure of a thing. the act or process of […]
- Beyond one’s depth
see: out of one’s depth
- Beyond one’s means
Too costly for one, more than one can afford. For example, A second vacation this year is well beyond our means. The noun means here signifies “resources at one’s disposal,” a usage current since Shakespeare’s time, as in Measure for Measure (2:2): “Let her have needful, but not lavish means.” [ Late 1800s ]