Meaning of QUESTION in English

QUESTION

I. ˈkwes-chən, ˈkwesh- noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin quaestion-, quaestio, from quaerere to seek, ask

Date: 14th century

1.

a.

(1) : an interrogative expression often used to test knowledge

(2) : an interrogative sentence or clause

b. : a subject or aspect in dispute or open for discussion : issue ; broadly : problem , matter

c.

(1) : a subject or point of debate or a proposition to be voted on in a meeting

(2) : the bringing of such to a vote

d. : the specific point at issue

2.

a. : an act or instance of asking : inquiry

b. : interrogation ; also : a judicial or official investigation

c. : torture as part of an examination

d.

(1) : objection , dispute

true beyond question

(2) : room for doubt or objection

little question of his skill

(3) : chance , possibility

no question of escape

II. verb

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1. : to ask a question of or about

2. : to interrogate intensively : cross-examine

3.

a. : doubt , dispute

b. : to subject to analysis : examine

intransitive verb

: to ask questions : inquire

Synonyms: see ask

• ques·tion·er noun

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