question

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English question, questioun, questiun, from Anglo-Norman questiun, from Old French question, from Latin quaestiōnem, accusative of quaestiō (a seeking, investigation, inquiry, question), from quaerere (to seek, ask, inquire).[1] Displaced native Middle English frain, fraign (question) (from Old English fræġn); compare Middle English frainen, freinen ("to inquire, question"; > Modern English frain), Middle English afrainen, affrainen (to question), German fragen (to ask) and Frage (question). Compare also Middle Low German quēstie (questioning; inquiry), Middle High German questje (question).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkwɛst͡ʃən/, /ˈkwɛstjən/, /ˈkwɛʃt͡ʃən/
  • (US also) IPA(key): /ˈkwɛʃtən/
  • Hyphenation: ques‧tion
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

question (plural questions)

  1. A sentence, phrase or word which asks for information, reply or response; an interrogative.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 4, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      I told him about everything I could think of; and what I couldn't think of he did. He asked about six questions during my yarn, but every question had a point to it. At the end he bowed and thanked me once more. As a thanker he was main-truck high; I never see anybody so polite.
    What is your question?
  2. A subject or topic for consideration or investigation.
    The question of seniority will be discussed at the meeting.
    There was a question of which material to use.
    • 2014 October 14, David Malcolm, “The Great War Re-Remembered: Allohistory and Allohistorical Fiction”, in Martin Löschnigg; Marzena Sokolowska-Paryz, editors, The Great War in Post-Memory Literature and Film[1], Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG., →ISBN, page 173:
      The question of the plausibility of the counter-factual is seen as key in all three discussions of allohistorical fiction (as it is in Demandt's and Ferguson's examinations of allohistory) (cf. Rodiek 25–26; Ritter 15–16; Helbig 32).
  3. A doubt or challenge about the truth, accuracy, or validity of a matter.
    His claim to the property has come under question.
    The story is true beyond question.
    He obeyed without question.
    • There arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
    • 1623, Francis Bacon, An Advertisement touching an Holy War
      It is to be to question, whether it be lawful for Christian princes or states to make an invasive war, only and simply for the propagation of the faith.
    • 2021 April 2, Ciara Nugent, “Can Public Transit Survive the Pandemic? London's New Transport Commissioner Wants You to Believe It Can”, in Time[2]:
      The pandemic has not only caused an immediate fall in ticket revenues for the world’s public transit networks—rail ridership in Barcelona, Moscow, Beijing and New York City at times plummeting 80%—in some cities it also has thrown into question the future of mass urban transportation.
  4. A proposal to a meeting as a topic for deliberation.
    I move that the question be put to a vote.
  5. (now archaic, historical, chiefly with definite article) Interrogation by torture.
  6. (obsolete) Talk; conversation; speech.

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Verb[edit]

question (third-person singular simple present questions, present participle questioning, simple past and past participle questioned)

  1. (transitive) To ask questions about; to interrogate; to enquire for information.
  2. (transitive) To raise doubts about; have doubts about.
    • 2019, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      He questioned South Korean claims that China is a major source of its pollution.
      (file)
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To argue; to converse; to dispute.

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  1. ^ question in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French question, borrowed from Latin quaestiō, quaestiōnem.

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question f (plural questions)

  1. a question
  2. a matter or issue; a problem

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question (plural questiones)

  1. question

Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

question

  1. Alternative form of questioun

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin quaestiō, quaestiōnem.

Noun[edit]

question f (oblique plural questions, nominative singular question, nominative plural questions)

  1. question (verbal statement intended to elicit a response)
  2. question (problem in need of resolution)

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