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question (subject)

Definition:

the subject matter at issue

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

questions

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

the question of disease merits serious discussion

Synonyms:

head

Etymology:

Anglo-French questiun, Old French question "legal inquest", from Latin...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of question...

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Question

a linguistic expression used to make a request for information, or the request made using such an expression. The information requested may be provided in the form of an answer. Questions have developed a range of uses that go beyond the simple... (42 of 2946 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Question

Question (disambiguation)

may be either a linguistic expression used to make a request for information, or the request itself. Question, The Question or ... | "Question" (short story), a 1955 story by Isaac Asimov | "A Question" (poem), a 1942 poem by Robert Frost | La Question... (42 of 311 words, 25 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

question | call in question [sense-specific] | call into question [sense-specific] | put the question [sense-specific] | question of fact [sense-specific] | question of law [sense-specific] | beg the question [sense-specific] | beyond (all) question [sense-specific] | call in [sense-specific] | ...

a form of words addressed to a person in order to elicit information or evoke a response; interrogative sentence | a point at issue, | a difficulty or ... (26 of 662 words, 19 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/question

Macmillan British Dictionary:

question | questions [plural] | be out of the question | be a/the question of | beyond question | call/bring/throw something into question | in question | that's a good question | there is no question about/that | ...

[countable] something that someone asks you when they want information ; a ... | [countable] an issue that needs to be discussed and dealt with | ... (24 of 518 words, 14 definitions, 26 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/question

question [transitive, verb] | questioned [past tense] | questioning [present participle] | questions [3rd-person singular present]

if the police question someone, they ask them questions to find out what ... | to have or express doubts about something (21 of 152 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/question 21

Oxford Dictionary:

question | be a question of time | bring something into question | come into question | in question | no question of | out of the question | put the question | questioner [derived] | ...

a sentence worded or expressed so as to elicit information | a doubt about the truth or validity of something | the raising of a doubt about or ... (26 of 514 words, 15 definitions, 22 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/question

Merriam-Webster:

question [entry 1, noun] | problem [synonym, sense-specific] | issue [synonym, sense-specific] | inquiry [synonym, sense-specific] | objection [synonym, sense-specific] | chance [synonym, sense-specific] | broadly [synonym, sense-specific] | matter [synonym, sense-specific] | interrogation [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

an interrogative expression often used to test knowledge ; an interrogative ... | an act or instance of asking; "inquiry" ; "interrogation" ; also, a ... (24 of 287 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/question

question [entry 2, verb] | cross-examine [synonym, sense-specific] | examine [synonym, sense-specific] | inquire [synonym, sense-specific] | doubt [synonym, sense-specific] | dispute [synonym, sense-specific] | contest [synonym, sense-specific] | impeach [synonym, sense-specific] | oppugn [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to ask a question of or about | to interrogate intensively; "cross-examine" | "doubt", "dispute" ; to subject to analysis; "examine" | to ask ... (21 of 174 words, 4 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/question show=1

Random House Dictionary:

question | ques. [abbreviation] | beg the question [sense-specific] | beyond question [sense-specific] | call in [sense-specific] | in question [sense-specific] | out of the question [sense-specific] | beg the question: beg [definition 9, sense-specific]

a sentence in an interrogative form, addressed to someone in order to get information in reply. | a problem for discussion or under discussion; a ... (24 of 286 words, 20 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/question

American Heritage Dictionary:

question | questioned [past tense] | questioning [present participle] | questions [3rd-person singular present] | questioner [noun, related] | questioningly [adverb, related]

An expression of inquiry that invites or calls for a reply. | An interrogative sentence, phrase, or gesture. | A subject or point open to controversy; ... (24 of 138 words, 13 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/question

New World Dictionary:

question | questioner [noun, related]

an asking; inquiry | something that is asked; interrogative sentence, as in seeking to learn or in testing another's knowledge; query | doubt; ... (21 of 137 words, 11 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/question

Cambridge Dictionary:

question [entry 1] | Q's [abbreviation, plural] | Qs [abbreviation, plural]

a sentence or phrase used to find out information | in an examination, a problem that tests a person's knowledge or ability (21 of 83 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/question 1

question [entry 2] | someone/something in question | someone in question | something in question

any matter that needs to be dealt with or considered | doubt or confusion | "sb/sth in question": [formal] the person or thing that is being discussed (25 of 99 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/question 2

question [entry 3]

to ask a person about something, especially officially | to express doubts about the value of something or whether something is true (21 of 89 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/question 3

Wiktionary:

question | questions [plural] | questioned [past tense] | questioning [present participle] | enquiries [plural, British, Australian, New Zealand] | quæstioned [past tense, archaic] | quæstion [archaic, sense-specific] | inquiry [synonym, sense-specific] | enquiry [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

A sentence, phrase or word which asks for information, reply or response; an interrogative. | A subject or topic for consideration or investigation. | An unknown. | A doubt or challenge about the truth or accuracy of a matter. | A proposal to a meeting... (41 of 76 words, 7 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/question

Britannica Encyclopedia:

theme [Byzantine government] | Thema [Greek]

in the Byzantine Empire, originally, a military unit stationed in a provincial area; in the 7th century the name was applied to large military ... (24 of 205 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/590490​/theme

Encarta Dictionary:

question | questions [plural] | questioned [past tense] | questioning [present participle] | qn. [abbreviation] | ques. [abbreviation]

a request for information or for a reply, which usually ends with a question mark if written or on a rising intonation if spoken | a doubt or ... (27 of 550 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861697996​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

question

First use: about 1300

Origin: Anglo-French questiun, Old French question "legal inquest", from Latin quæstionem (nominative quæstio) "a seeking, ... (16 of 55 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=question

Wiktionary:

question | questions [plural] | questioned [past tense] | questioning [present participle]

Origin: Middle English question, questioun, questiun, from Anglo-Norman questiun, from Old French question, from Latin quaestionem, accusative of quaestio ("a seeking, investigation, inquiry, question"), from quaerere ... (25 of 54 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/question

New World Dictionary:

question

Origin: Middle English from Anglo-French questiun from Old French ... | Late Middle English questyonen from Middle French questionner from the noun (20 of 31 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/question

American Heritage Dictionary:

question | questioned [past tense] | questioning [present participle] | questions [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, legal inquiry, from Latin quaestiō, quaestiōn-, from *quaestus, obsolete past participle of quaerere, to ask, seek.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/question

Oxford Dictionary:

question

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French question (noun), questionner (verb), from Latin quaestio(n-), from quaerere "ask, seek"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/question

Collins Dictionary:

question

First use: 13th century

Origin: via Old French from Latin quaestiō, from quaerere to seek

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/question

Merriam-Webster:

question [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

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

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/question

Encarta Dictionary:

question | questions [plural] | questioned [past tense] | questioning [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: French from Latin quaestion- "inquiry" from past participle of quaerere "seek"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861697996​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

question | questions [plural] | questioned [past tense] | questioning [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "question"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/question

Collins Dictionary:

question

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "question"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/question

Macmillan British Dictionary:

question | questions [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "question"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/question

question [transitive, verb] | questioned [past tense] | questioning [present participle] | questions [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "question"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/question 21

Macmillan American Dictionary:

question | questions [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "question"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/question

question [transitive, verb] | questioned [past tense] | questioning [present participle] | questions [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "question"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/question 21

Cambridge Dictionary:

question [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "question"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "question"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/question 2

the Free Dictionary:

question

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "question"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "question"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "question" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

question | questions [plural] | questioned [past tense] | questioning [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "question"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

question

Audio: North American pronunciation of "question"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=questi​01 word=question

YourDictionary Audio:

question

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "question" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

Question

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Question" by speech synthesizer

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