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question

ques·tion

question

 
 
pronunciation:
kwes chn
parts of speech:
noun, verb
phrases:
beyond question, in question, out of the question
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sentence that asks for a reply.
Did you ask me a question?
synonyms:
inquiry, query
definition 2: a matter to be discussed.
Our town is looking at the question of whether to build a new school.
synonyms:
issue, problem, topic
similar words:
business
definition 3: a matter that is in doubt or not certain; problem.
The question of when the war will end is on everyone's mind.
synonyms:
mystery, problem
similar words:
issue
phrase: beyond question
phrase: in question
phrase: out of the question
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: questioned, questioning, questions
definition 1: to ask a question of.
She questioned him about where he had been all night.
synonyms:
ask, query
similar words:
inquire, pump, sound out, survey
definition 2: to express doubt about.
I question your decision to leave home.
synonyms:
doubt
antonyms:
accept
similar words:
challenge, contest, dispute, distrust, mistrust
derivation: questioner (n.)
Word History
The words question and quest both come from a Latin word that means "to seek or ask."
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Word Parts
The word question contains the following parts:
quer, ques, quir, quis, quest Latin root that means ask, seek
-ion Latin noun-forming suffix that means the act, process, or result of
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The suffix -ion attaches to bases that are Latin verb stems ending in s or t.