A query is a question, or the search for a piece of information.

The Latin root quaere means "to ask" and it's the basis of the words inquiry, question, quest, request, and query. Query often fits the bill when referring to Internet searches, polite professional discourse, and subtle pleas. You could query as to the whereabouts of the lavatory, but you'd sound a bit prim and be better off asking "Where's the toilet?" If your job entails dealing with annoying questions and complaints, you could make it sound better by proclaiming, "I respond to customer queries."

Definitions of query
  1. noun
    an instance of questioning
    synonyms: enquiry, inquiry, interrogation, question
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    the speech act of replying to a question
    type of:
    inquiring, questioning
    a request for information
  2. verb
    pose a question
    synonyms: question
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    enquire, inquire, wonder
    have a wish or desire to know something
    question formally about policy or government business
    question closely
    question persistently
    check out, feel out, sound out
    try to learn someone's opinions and intentions
    put someone through a debriefing and make him report
    quiz, test
    examine someone's knowledge of something
    cross examine, cross question
    question closely, or question a witness that has already been questioned by the opposing side
    catechise, catechize
    examine through questioning and answering
    examine thoroughly
    inquire for (information)
    type of:
    address a question to and expect an answer from
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