query

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

n an instance of questioning

Synonyms:
enquiry, inquiry, interrogation, question
Antonyms:
answer
the speech act of replying to a question
Type of:
inquiring, questioning
a request for information

v pose a question

Synonyms:
question
Types:
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enquire, inquire, wonder
have a wish or desire to know something
interpellate
question formally about policy or government business
examine
question closely
pump
question persistently
check out, feel out, sound out
try to learn someone's opinions and intentions
debrief
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
grill
examine thoroughly
request
inquire for (information)
Type of:
ask
address a question to and expect an answer from

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