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question

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English question, questioun, questiun, from Anglo-Norman questiun, from Old French question, from Latin quaestionem, accusative of quaestio (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), Middle English afrainen, affrainen (to question).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈkwɛstʃən/, /ˈkwɛstjən/, /ˈkwɛʃtʃən/
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  • Hyphenation: ques‧tion

NounEdit

question (plural questions)

  1. A sentence, phrase or word which asks for information, reply or response; an interrogative.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 4, 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.
  3. 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.
    • Bible, John iii. 25
      There arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
    • Francis Bacon
      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.
  4. A proposal to a meeting as a topic for deliberation.
    I move that the question be put to a vote.
  5. interrogation by torture
    • Macaulay
      The Scottish privy council had power to put state prisoners to the question.
  6. (obsolete) Talk; conversation; speech.
    Made she no verbal question? Shakespeare King Lear ca. 1606

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

  1. To ask questions of; interrogate; enquire; ask for information.
    • Francis Bacon
      He that questioneth much shall learn much.
  2. To raise doubts about; have doubts about.
  3. (obsolete) To argue; to converse; to dispute.
    • Shakespeare
      I pray you, think you question with the Jew.

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

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From Old French, borrowed from Latin quaestio, quaestionem.

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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