question

"How am I doing so far?" "What time is it?" These are questions, in other words — sentences designed to get information from someone. Do you understand this definition?

Question can also mean a doubt about the truth of something. If your college professor tells you he has a question about the originality of your term paper, for example, it means you might be getting busted for plagiarism. The act of raising such a doubt is also "to question" something. Finally, a question can be something that depends on a particular condition: "Reading dictionaries is a question of interest and intellect." There's no question you have both, clearly.

Definitions of question
  1. noun
    a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply
    “he asked a direct question
    synonyms: interrogation, interrogative, interrogative sentence
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    cross-question
    a question asked in cross-examination
    leading question
    a question phrased in such a way as to suggest the desired answer; a lawyer may ask leading questions on cross-examination
    yes-no question
    a question that can be answered by yes or no
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    sentence
    a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language
  2. noun
    an instance of questioning
    “there was a question about my training”
    synonyms: enquiry, inquiry, interrogation, query
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    answer
    the speech act of replying to a question
    type of:
    inquiring, questioning
    a request for information
  3. verb
    pose a question
    synonyms: query
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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)
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    ask
    address a question to and expect an answer from
  4. verb
    pose a series of questions to
    “The suspect was questioned by the police”
    “We questioned the survivor about the details of the explosion”
    synonyms: interrogate
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    type of:
    ask
    address a question to and expect an answer from
  5. verb
    conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting
    synonyms: interview
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    converse, discourse
    carry on a conversation
  6. noun
    the subject matter at issue
    “the question of disease merits serious discussion”
    synonyms: head
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    problem
    a question raised for consideration or solution
    matter of fact, question of fact
    a disputed factual contention that is generally left for a jury to decide
    matter of law, question of law
    a disputed legal contention that is generally left for a judge to decide
    mystifier, puzzle, puzzler, teaser
    a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution
    case
    a problem requiring investigation
    homework problem
    a problem that students are assigned to do outside of class
    brain-teaser, conundrum, enigma, riddle
    a difficult problem
    poser, sticker, stumper, toughie
    a particularly difficult or baffling question or problem
    Gordian knot
    any very difficult problem; insoluble in its own terms
    koan
    a paradoxical anecdote or a riddle that has no solution; used in Zen Buddhism to show the inadequacy of logical reasoning
    pons asinorum
    a problem that severely tests the ability of an inexperienced person
    rebus
    a puzzle where you decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words
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    subject, theme, topic
    the subject matter of a conversation or discussion
  7. noun
    a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote
    “she called for the question
    synonyms: motion
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    proposal
    something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)
  8. noun
    uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something
    “there is no question about the validity of the enterprise”
    synonyms: doubt, doubtfulness, dubiousness
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    precariousness, uncertainness, uncertainty
    being unsettled or in doubt or dependent on chance
  9. verb
    place in doubt or express doubtful speculation
    synonyms: wonder
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    scruple
    have doubts about
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    chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over
    reflect deeply on a subject
  10. verb
    challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of
    “We must question your judgment in this matter”
    synonyms: call into question, oppugn
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    challenge
    issue a challenge to
  11. noun
    an informal reference to a marriage proposal
    “he was ready to pop the question
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