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English

Alternative forms

  • quæstion (archaic)

Etymology

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).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈkwɛst͡ʃən/, /ˈkwɛstjən/, /ˈkwɛʃt͡ʃən/
  • Hyphenation: ques‧tion

Noun

question (plural questions)

  1. A sentence, phrase or word which asks for information, reply or response; an interrogative.
  2. A subject or topic for consideration or investigation.
  3. A doubt or challenge about the truth or accuracy of a matter.
    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.
  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

Synonyms

  • inquiry, enquiry, query, subject, topic, problem, issue, consideration, interrogation, doubt, motion, proposition, proposal

Derived terms

Related terms

  • query
  • quest

Translations

Verb

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.
    • 2019, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      He questioned South Korean claims that China is a major source of its pollution.
  3. (obsolete) To argue; to converse; to dispute.
    • Shakespeare
      I pray you, think you question with the Jew.

Synonyms

  • frain

Derived terms

  • questioner

Translations

See also

  • answer
  • ask
  • interrogative

References

  • question in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • question at OneLook Dictionary Search

French

Alternative forms

  • quæstion (obsolete)

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kɛs.tjɔ̃/
  • Rhymes: -jɔ̃

Noun

question f (plural questions)

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

Further reading

  • “question” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • quêtions, toniques

Interlingua

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kwesˈtjon/

Noun

question (plural questiones)

  1. question

Old French

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin quaestiō, quaestiōnem.

Noun

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)

Descendants

  • English: question
  • French: question

References

  • question on the Anglo-Norman On-Line Hub

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