Definition of question in English:

question

Line breaks: ques|tion
Pronunciation: /ˈkwɛstʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

  • 2A matter requiring resolution or discussion: the question of local government funding worried ministers
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    • That is why the political questions we are discussing today are so significant.
    • He asked for subsequent parish council meetings to discuss the question of lack of support from Bradford Council.
    • One of them was an article authored by Mahatma Gandhi, discussing the minority question.
  • 2.1A matter or concern depending on or involving a specified condition or thing: it was not simply a question of age and hierarchy
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    • All songs have meaning to someone, it's more a question of subject matter.
    • Colin Davey, a member of the Bradford team, said it was a question of educating businesses about the tax system.
    • That has to be a question of opinion rather than fact, so it depends on what you make of the evidence.
    Synonyms
    issue, matter, business, problem, point at issue, point, concern, subject, topic, theme, item, case, proposal, proposition, debate, argument, dispute, bone of contention, controversy

verb

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  • 1Ask (someone) questions, especially in an official context: four men were being questioned about the killings (as noun questioning) the young lieutenant escorted us to the barracks for questioning
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    • Then they were stopping, searching and questioning people as they came through.
    • Although a number of people were questioned under caution, no-one was ever charged.
    • Hammer was arrested on Sunday night after six people were questioned at a house near the crime scene.
    Synonyms
    interrogate, ask questions of, put questions to, cross-examine, cross-question, quiz, probe, canvass, catechize, interview, debrief, sound out, examine, give the third degree to
    informal grill, pump
  • 1.1Feel or express doubt about; raise objections to: members had questioned the cost of the scheme
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    • No matter what our build we always have doubts; we always question our desirability and self-worth.
    • If a battle did not succeed, its execution, not its objectives, were questioned.
    • If you question the cost; a local agency told us we should focus on the child and somehow raise the money.
    Synonyms
    query, call in/into question, doubt, raise/entertain doubts about, throw doubt on, have/harbour/express suspicions about, suspect, feel uneasy about, have/harbour/express reservations about, challenge, dispute, cast aspersions on, object to, raise objections to

Phrases

be a question of time

Be certain to happen sooner or later: it is only a question of time before somebody is killed
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  • For years now the Government has announced the national strategy is working and that it is just a question of time before we all see the results.
  • It is only a question of time and trying to get the adequate funding to make it happen, ‘she told The Montserrat Reporter.’
  • Next to a grainy black-and-white photo of a youthful man in a beard, a large inscription reads, ‘Our victory is merely a question of time.’

bring something into question

Raise an issue for further consideration or discussion: technology had brought into question the whole future of work
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  • Stunned silence for a few moments and then all hell let loose as my lineage was brought into question by a few ‘concerned’ supporters.
  • While that move was brought into question by several people, what has finally emerged is worse!
  • It's not that a community can't exist without a good mix of the rich and poor, but rather what is actually meant by the word community is brought into question.

come into question

Become an issue for further consideration or discussion: our Sunday Trading laws have come into question
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  • If the Government is able to transfer questions of this sort of importance to any old Minister, who can use those responses as answers, then the point of question time does seriously come into question.
  • Well then, you might not be the right person for the job, and that job may not be the right one for you, but better to find out now, than in two months when the Microsoft Word expertise you claimed you had is coming into question.
  • Their sons and daughters serve in large numbers in a war whose validity is increasingly coming into question.

in question

  • 1Being considered or discussed: on the day in question, there were several serious emergencies
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    • It seems to me that part of the dilemma you are discussing herein is not a function of the art in question per se.
    • Furthermore it's equally hard to believe that the song in question is that old.
    • I would think that the woman in question has severe emotional issues that should be dealt with.
    Synonyms
    at issue, being discussed, under discussion, under consideration, on the agenda, for debate, to be discussed, to be decided
  • 2In doubt: all of the old certainties are in question
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    • That was no doubt the case of the minister whose expenses were in question in the case of Jardine v Gillespie.
    • His good faith may not be in question, but his credibility most certainly is.
    • Their patriotism, more in evidence then than it is today, was not in question.

no question of

No possibility of: there is no question of the fight not going ahead
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  • They need, too, to be protected from exploitation, but there was no question of that in this case.
  • It is evident that there is no question of whether he will do this, only about how long it will take.
  • We were all taken back by the ease of it all, the fact that there was no question of not paying the tax.

out of the question

Too impracticable or unlikely to merit discussion.
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  • Games that involved any running were completely out of the question.
  • Wearing them in public was completely out of the question, of course.
  • The idea that we somehow want to limit our trade with Mexico is out of the question.
Synonyms
impossible, beyond the bounds of possibility, impracticable, unattainable, unachievable, not feasible, not worth considering, unworkable, unobtainable, inconceivable, unthinkable, unimaginable, unrealizable, unsuitable; beyond one, hopeless, absurd, ridiculous, preposterous, outrageous, ludicrous, beyond the realm of reason
informal not on

put the question

(In a formal debate or meeting) require supporters and opponents of a proposal to record their votes.
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  • I just say that I am required to put the question.
  • I have already put the question and the vote has been taken.
  • Steinbach city council could well come in for some sound criticism in the coming days and weeks after narrowly deciding on Tuesday to put the question of licensed dining rooms to a vote.

Derivatives

questioner

noun
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  • Good journalists should be outsiders, questioners, sceptics, empathisers.
  • Indeed, all progress depends on the sceptic, the questioner, the person who does not wholly conform.
  • It's a fundamental misjudgment, and it's a consequence of a decision-making process in which skeptics, questioners, people who disagreed really didn't play much of a role.

questioningly

adverb
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  • After a few more uptempo hits Joe turned questioningly to one of his musicians, shrugging slightly.
  • At the door I look back at him and he responds by raising his eyebrows questioningly at me.
  • He moved over and stood next to the bench, looking at me questioningly, as if to ask my permission to sit down.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French question (noun), questionner (verb), from Latin quaestio(n-), from quaerere 'ask, seek'.

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