synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of query in English

English Online Dictionary. What means query‎? What does query mean?


Alternative forms

  • quæry (archaic)


An anglicisation of quere, an obsolete variant form of Latin quaere, second-person singular present active imperative of quaerō (seek, look for; ask). Cognate with French quérir, Italian chiedere, Portuguese querer, Romanian cere, and Spanish querer. Compare question.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkwɪə.ɹi/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkwɪ.ɹi/, /ˈkwɛ.ɹi/
  • Rhymes: -ɪəɹi, -ɛɹi


query (plural queries)

  1. A question, an inquiry (US), an enquiry (UK).
  2. A question mark.
    • 1886, Skeat, Address of the President to the Philological Society of Great Britain:
      His Glossary has 'bouchen, to stop people's mouths,' but this is followed by a query, to show that it was but a guess. I have shown, from the MSS. and other sources, that it should be bonched, i.e. bunched, bumped, knocked, smote.
    • 1973, Oliver Sacks, Awakenings
      She had written in her diary: "I don't think I am in a concentration-camp??????", the queries growing larger and more numerous till they covered the entire page []
    • 2006, "Pip", Re: Royal Enfield motorbike - why would anyone buy one? (on newsgroup rec.motorcycles)
      I refer you to your line above, where you use a query and a bang together.
  3. (computing, databases) A set of instructions passed to a database.


  • subquery

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  • Query on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


query (third-person singular simple present queries, present participle querying, simple past and past participle queried)

  1. (intransitive) To ask a question.
  2. (transitive) To ask, inquire.
  3. (transitive) To question or call into doubt.
  4. (computing, databases) To pass a set of instructions to a database to retrieve information from it.
  5. (transitive, Internet) To send a private message to (a user on IRC).
    • 2000, "Phantom", Re: Uhm.. hi... I guess... (on newsgroup alt.support.boy-lovers)
      He parted the channel saying "SHUTUP!"... so I queried him, asking if there was something I could do.. maybe talk...
    • 2000, "Robert Erdec", Re: Help; mIRC32; unable to resolve server arnes.si (on newsgroup alt.irc.mirc)
      if you know someone who is in the channel, you can query them and ask for the key.
  6. (intransitive, publishing) To send out a query letter.


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