[kwes-chuh n] /ˈkwɛs tʃən/
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.
the act of asking or inquiring; interrogation; query.
inquiry into or discussion of some problem or doubtful matter.
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to ask a question or questions.
beg the question. 1 (def 9).
beyond question, beyond dispute; without doubt:
It was, beyond question, a magnificent performance.
Also, beyond all question.
call in / into question,
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
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
beyond (all) question, beyond (any) dispute or doubt
call in, into question
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
early 13c., “philosophical or theological problem;” early 14c. as “utterance meant to elicit an answer or discussion,” also as “a difficulty, a doubt,” from Anglo-French questiun, Old French question “question, difficulty, problem; legal inquest, interrogation, torture,” from Latin quaestionem (nominative quaestio) “a seeking, a questioning, inquiry, examining, judicial investigation,” noun of action from past participle stem of quaerere “ask, seek” (see query (v.)).
No question “undoubtedly” is from mid-15c; no questions asked “accountability not required” is from 1879 (especially in newspaper advertisements seeking the return of something lost or stolen). Question mark is from 1849, sometimes also question stop (1862); figurative use is from 1869. To be out of the question (c.1700) is to be not pertinent to the subject, hence “not to be considered.”
late 15c., from question (n.) and from Middle French questionner “ask questions, interrogate, torture” (13c.), from question (n.). Related: Questioned; questioning. Alternative questionize attested from 1847.
[kwes-chuh-ning] /ˈkwɛs tʃə nɪŋ/ adjective 1. indicating or implying a : a questioning tone in her voice. 2. characterized by or indicating intellectual curiosity; inquiring: an alert and questioning mind. noun 3. an inquiry or interrogation. [kwes-chuh n] /ˈkwɛs tʃən/ noun 1. a sentence in an interrogative form, addressed to someone in order to get […]
[kwes-chuh n] /ˈkwɛs tʃən/ noun 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 followed by of): It was simply a question of time. 4. […]
[kwes-chuh n-lis] /ˈkwɛs tʃən lɪs/ adjective 1. unquestionable; doubtless: a questionless fact. 2. unquestioning: questionless faith in God. adverb 3. without ; unquestionably. /ˈkwɛstʃənlɪs/ adjective 1. blindly adhering, as to a principle or course of action; unquestioning 2. a less common word for unquestionable
noun 1. Also called interrogation point, interrogation mark. a mark indicating a question: usually, as in English, the mark (?) placed after a question. 2. something unanswered or unknown: His identity is still a question mark to most of us. 3. an anglewing butterfly, Polygonia interrogationis, having silver spots shaped like a question mark on […]