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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


2. question (communication) the subject matter at issue

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


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.


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.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)ask

3. question (communication) pose a question


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


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


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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