- quæstion (archaic)
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”). 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”)/ German Frage (“question”). Compare also Middle Low German quēstie (“questioning; inquiry”), Middle High German questje (“question”).
- IPA(key): /ˈkwɛst͡ʃən/, /ˈkwɛstjən/, /ˈkwɛʃt͡ʃən/
- (US also) IPA(key): /ˈkwɛʃtən/
- Hyphenation: ques‧tion
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question (plural questions)
- 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?
- 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, 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).
- A doubt or challenge about the truth or accuracy of a matter.
- His claim to the property has come under question.
- The story is true beyond question.
- He obeyed without question.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, John 3:25:
- There arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
- (Can we date this quote by Francis Bacon and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
- It is to be to question, whether it be lawful for Christian princes to make an invasive war simply for the propagation of the faith.
- A proposal to a meeting as a topic for deliberation.
- I move that the question be put to a vote.
- Interrogation by torture.
- 1848, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 2, in The History of England from the Accession of James II:
- The Scottish privy council had power to put state prisoners to the question.
- (obsolete) Talk; conversation; speech.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- Made she no verbal question?
- (interrogative): inquiry, enquiry, query, interrogation
- (subject): subject, topic, problem, consideration, proposition
- (doubt): issue, doubt
- (proposal): proposal
- a question of
- begging the question
- beyond question
- bonus question
- call into question
- chicken-or-egg question
- closed-ended question
- essay question
- federal question
- frequently asked questions/FAQ
- indirect question
- in question
- leading question
- loaded question
- multiple-choice question
- no questions asked
- open-ended question
- open question
- out of question
- out of the question
- pop the question
- previous question
- question mark
- question sheet
- question time
- reverse question
- rhetorical question
- scaled question
- tag question
- toss-up question
- West Lothian question
- yes-no question
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- (transitive) To ask questions about; to interrogate; to enquire for information.
- (transitive) To raise doubts about; have doubts about.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To argue; to converse; to dispute.
- c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene i]:
- I pray you, think you question with the Jew.
- question in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- question at OneLook Dictionary Search
- quæstion (obsolete)
question f (plural questions)
- “question” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
question (plural questiones)
- Alternative form of
- → Middle English: questioun, question, questiun, questyon, questyounn, qwestyon, qwestioun
- French: question
- Norman: tchestchion (Jersey)