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question

ques·tion

question

 
pronunciation:
kwes chn
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
beyond question, in question, out of the question
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sentence that requests information or some other type of reply.
Only a few students asked the professor questions during her lecture.
synonyms:
inquiry, query
definition 2: a matter to be considered or discussed.
The question of tearing down the old library was the main topic of discussion at the town meeting.
synonyms:
issue, problem, topic
similar words:
business, point
definition 3: something for which there is no clear answer at present; a matter of uncertainty, puzzlement, or controversy.
It is a real question how soon the war will end.After reading the article, I was left with many questions.
synonyms:
mystery, problem, uncertainty
similar words:
issue
definition 4: a proposal requiring discussion and a vote, as in a legislature.
synonyms:
motion
phrase: beyond question
phrase: in question
phrase: out of the question
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: questioned, questioning, questions
definition 1: to ask a question or questions of, esp. concerning serious matters or because of suspicions.
The reporters questioned the governor about his plans for helping the flood victims.His parents questioned him about where he had been till four o'clock in the morning.
synonyms:
ask, query
similar words:
inquire, pump, sound out, survey
definition 2: to interrogate, esp. a witness to or a suspect of a crime.
The police are questioning the suspect now.
synonyms:
examine, interrogate
similar words:
catechize, cross-examine, grill, pump, query, quiz, scrutinize, test
definition 3: to express misgiving or doubt about.
I question your wisdom in this decision.
synonyms:
doubt, suspect
antonyms:
accept
similar words:
challenge, contest, dispute, distrust, mistrust
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to ask questions.
synonyms:
inquire
similar words:
ask, probe
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.