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English noun: question

1. question (communication) an instance of questioning


SamplesThere was a question about my training.
We made inquiries of all those who were present.


Synonymsenquiry, inquiry, interrogation, query


Broader (hypernym)inquiring, questioning


Antonymsanswer

2. question (communication) the subject matter at issue


SamplesThe question of disease merits serious discussion.
Under the head of minor Roman poets.


Synonymshead


Broader (hypernym)subject, theme, topic


Narrower (hyponym)matter of fact, matter of law, problem, question of fact, question of law

3. question (communication) a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply


SamplesHe asked a direct question.
He had trouble phrasing his interrogations.


Synonymsinterrogation, interrogative, interrogative sentence


Broader (hypernym)sentence


Narrower (hyponym)cross-question, leading question, yes-no question

4. question (attribute) uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something


SamplesThe dubiousness of his claim.
There is no question about the validity of the enterprise.


Synonymsdoubt, doubtfulness, dubiousness


Broader (hypernym)precariousness, uncertainness, uncertainty

5. question (communication) a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote


SamplesHe made a motion to adjourn.
She called for the question.


Synonymsmotion


Broader (hypernym)proposal

6. question (communication) an informal reference to a marriage proposal


SamplesHe was ready to pop the question.


Broader (hypernym)marriage offer, marriage proposal, proposal, proposal of marriage


English verb: question

1. question (communication) challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of


SamplesWe must question your judgment in this matter.


Synonymscall into question, oppugn


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)challenge

2. question (communication) pose a series of questions to


SamplesThe suspect was questioned by the police.
We questioned the survivor about the details of the explosion.


Synonymsinterrogate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)ask

3. question (communication) pose a question


Synonymsquery


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)ask


Narrower (hyponym)check out, debrief, enquire, examine, feel out, inquire, interpellate, pump, sound out, wonder

4. question (communication) conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting


ExamplesSam cannot question Sue


Synonymsinterview


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)converse, discourse

5. question (communication) place in doubt or express doubtful speculation


SamplesI wonder whether this was the right thing to do.
She wondered whether it would snow tonight.


ExamplesThey question whether there was a traffic accident


Synonymswonder


Pattern of useSomebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over


Narrower (hyponym)scruple









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