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ques·tion  (kwschn)
a. An expression of inquiry that invites or calls for a reply.
b. An interrogative sentence, phrase, or gesture.
2. A subject or point open to controversy; an issue.
3. A difficult matter; a problem: a question of ethics.
4. A point or subject under discussion or consideration.
a. A proposition brought up for consideration by an assembly.
b. The act of bringing a proposal to vote.
6. Uncertainty; doubt: There is no question about the validity of the enterprise.
v. ques·tioned, ques·tion·ing, ques·tions
1. To put a question to. See Synonyms at ask.
2. To examine (a witness, for example) by questioning; interrogate.
3. To express doubt about; dispute.
4. To analyze; examine.
To ask questions.
in question
Under consideration or discussion.
out of the question
Not worth considering; impossible: Starting over is out of the question.

[Middle English, from Old French, legal inquiry, from Latin quaesti, quaestin-, from *quaestus, obsolete past participle of quaerere, to ask, seek.]

question·er n.
question·ing·ly adv.

question (ˈkwɛstʃən)
1. a form of words addressed to a person in order to elicit information or evoke a response; interrogative sentence
2. a point at issue: it's only a question of time until she dies; the question is how long they can keep up the pressure.
3. a difficulty or uncertainty; doubtful point: a question of money; there's no question about it.
a. an act of asking
b. an investigation into some problem or difficulty
5. a motion presented for debate by a deliberative body
6. put the question to require members of a deliberative assembly to vote on a motion presented
7. (Law) law a matter submitted to a court or other tribunal for judicial or quasi-judicial decision
8. (Law) question of fact (in English law) that part of the issue before a court that is decided by the jury
9. (Law) question of law (in English law) that part of the issue before a court that is decided by the judge
10. beg the question
a. to avoid giving a direct answer by posing another question
b. to assume the truth of that which is intended to be proved. See petitio principii
11. beyond (all) question beyond (any) dispute or doubt
12. call in into question
a. to make (something) the subject of disagreement
b. to cast doubt upon the validity, truth, etc, of (something)
13. in question under discussion: this is the man in question.
14. out of the question beyond consideration; unthinkable or impossible: the marriage is out of the question.
15. pop the question to propose marriage
vb (mainly tr)
16. to put a question or questions to (a person); interrogate
17. to make (something) the subject of dispute or disagreement
18. to express uncertainty about the validity, truth, etc, of (something); doubt
[C13: via Old French from Latin quaestiō, from quaerere to seek]
ˈquestioner n
Usage: The question whether should be used rather than the question of whether or the question as to whether: this leaves open the question whether he acted correctly

ques•tion (ˈkwɛs tʃən)

1. a sentence in an interrogative form addressed to someone in order to get information in reply.
2. a problem for discussion or under discussion; a matter for investigation.
3. a matter of some uncertainty or difficulty; problem: It was mainly a question of time.
4. a subject of dispute or controversy.
5. a proposal to be debated or voted on, as in a meeting or a deliberative assembly.
6. the procedure of putting a proposal to vote.
7. Law.
a. a controversy that is submitted to a judicial tribunal for decision.
b. the interrogation by which information is secured.
8. the act of asking or inquiring; interrogation; query.
9. inquiry into or discussion of some problem.
10. to ask questions of; interrogate.
11. to ask; inquire.
12. to make a question of; doubt: They questioned our sincerity.
13. to challenge; dispute.
14. to ask a question.
1. call in or into question,
a. to dispute; challenge.
b. to cast doubt upon; question.
2. in question,
a. under consideration.
b. in dispute.
3. out of the question, not to be considered; unthinkable; impossible.
[1250–1300; (n.) Middle English questio(u)n, questiun < Middle French question < Latin quaestiō=quaes-, s. of quaerere to ask]
ques′tion•er, n.
usage.: See beg.

1. 'out of the question'

If you say that something is out of the question, you mean that it cannot be done, and is therefore not worth considering.

She knew that a holiday this year was out of the question.
It has been so cold that gardening has been out of the question.

2. 'beyond question'

You do not use 'out of the question' to say that there is no doubt about something. The expression you use is beyond question.

She knew beyond question that I was a person who could be trusted.
It remains, beyond question, one of the premier races in the international calendar.

Past participle: questioned
Gerund: questioning

I question
you question
he/she/it questions
we question
you question
they question
I questioned
you questioned
he/she/it questioned
we questioned
you questioned
they questioned
Present Continuous
I am questioning
you are questioning
he/she/it is questioning
we are questioning
you are questioning
they are questioning
Present Perfect
I have questioned
you have questioned
he/she/it has questioned
we have questioned
you have questioned
they have questioned
Past Continuous
I was questioning
you were questioning
he/she/it was questioning
we were questioning
you were questioning
they were questioning
Past Perfect
I had questioned
you had questioned
he/she/it had questioned
we had questioned
you had questioned
they had questioned
I will question
you will question
he/she/it will question
we will question
you will question
they will question
Future Perfect
I will have questioned
you will have questioned
he/she/it will have questioned
we will have questioned
you will have questioned
they will have questioned
Future Continuous
I will be questioning
you will be questioning
he/she/it will be questioning
we will be questioning
you will be questioning
they will be questioning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been questioning
you have been questioning
he/she/it has been questioning
we have been questioning
you have been questioning
they have been questioning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been questioning
you will have been questioning
he/she/it will have been questioning
we will have been questioning
you will have been questioning
they will have been questioning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been questioning
you had been questioning
he/she/it had been questioning
we had been questioning
you had been questioning
they had been questioning
I would question
you would question
he/she/it would question
we would question
you would question
they would question
Past Conditional
I would have questioned
you would have questioned
he/she/it would have questioned
we would have questioned
you would have questioned
they would have questioned
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun1.question - an instance of questioningquestion - an instance of questioning; "there was a question about my training"; "we made inquiries of all those who were present"
inquiring, questioning - a request for information
answer - the speech act of replying to a question
2.question - the subject matter at issue; "the question of disease merits serious discussion"; "under the head of minor Roman poets"
subject, theme, topic - the subject matter of a conversation or discussion; "he didn't want to discuss that subject"; "it was a very sensitive topic"; "his letters were always on the theme of love"
problem - a question raised for consideration or solution; "our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"
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
3.question - a sentence of inquiry that asks for a replyquestion - a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply; "he asked a direct question"; "he had trouble phrasing his interrogations"
sentence - a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language; "he always spoke in grammatical sentences"
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
4.question - uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something; "the dubiousness of his claim"; "there is no question about the validity of the enterprise"
uncertainness, uncertainty, precariousness - being unsettled or in doubt or dependent on chance; "the uncertainty of the outcome"; "the precariousness of his income"
5.question - a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote; "he made a motion to adjourn"; "she called for the question"
proposal - something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)
6.question - an informal reference to a marriage proposal; "he was ready to pop the question"
Verb1.question - challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of; "We must question your judgment in this matter"
challenge - issue a challenge to; "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"
2.question - pose a series of questions to; "The suspect was questioned by the police"; "We questioned the survivor about the details of the explosion"
ask - address a question to and expect an answer from; "Ask your teacher about trigonometry"; "The children asked me about their dead grandmother"
3.question - pose a question
wonder, inquire, enquire - have a wish or desire to know something; "He wondered who had built this beautiful church"
interpellate - question formally about policy or government business
examine - question closely
pump - question persistently; "She pumped the witnesses for information"
feel out, sound out, check out - try to learn someone's opinions and intentions; "I have to sound out the new professor"
debrief - put someone through a debriefing and make him report; "The released hostages were debriefed"
ask - address a question to and expect an answer from; "Ask your teacher about trigonometry"; "The children asked me about their dead grandmother"
4.question - conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting
converse, discourse - carry on a conversation
5.question - place in doubt or express doubtful speculation; "I wonder whether this was the right thing to do"; "she wondered whether it would snow tonight"
meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, chew over, think over, excogitate, reflect, ruminate, speculate, contemplate - reflect deeply on a subject; "I mulled over the events of the afternoon"; "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years"; "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"
scruple - have doubts about

1. inquiry, enquiry, query, investigation, examination, interrogation He refused to answer further questions on the subject.
inquiry answer, reply
2. difficulty, problem, doubt, debate, argument, dispute, controversy, confusion, uncertainty, query, contention, misgiving, can of worms (informal), dubiety There's no question about their success.
3. issue, point, matter, subject, problem, debate, proposal, theme, motion, topic, proposition, bone of contention, point at issue the whole question of aid is a tricky political one
1. interrogate, cross-examine, interview, examine, investigate, pump (informal), probe, grill (informal), quiz, ask questions, sound out, catechize A man is being questioned by police.
2. dispute, challenge, doubt, suspect, oppose, query, distrust, mistrust, call into question, disbelieve, impugn, cast aspersions on, cast doubt upon, controvert It never occurs to them to question the doctor's decisions.
dispute believe, accept, buy (slang), swallow (informal), take on board, take on trust
beyond question
4. irrefutably, undeniably, beyond doubt, indisputably, clearly, undoubtedly, without doubt, unquestionably, incontrovertibly, incontestably Witnesses prove beyond question that contact was made.
in question under discussion, at issue, under consideration, in doubt, on the agenda, to be discussed, for debate, open to debate The film in question detailed allegations about party corruption.
out of the question impossible, unthinkable, inconceivable, not on (informal), hopeless, unimaginable, unworkable, unattainable, unobtainable, not feasible, impracticable, unachievable, unrealizable, not worth considering, not to be thought of Is a tax increase still out of the question?
pop the question propose, offer marriage He got serious quickly and popped the question six months later.
without question undoubtedly, definitely, undeniably, surely, of course, certainly, doubtless, unquestionably, beyond question, beyond a shadow of (a) doubt He was our greatest storyteller, without question.
"Ask a silly question and you get a silly answer"
"Ask no questions and hear no lies"
question [ˈkwestʃən]
A. N
1. (= query) (also in exam) → pregunta f
(are there) any questions?¿(hay)alguna pregunta?
to ask (sb) a questionhacer una pregunta(a algn)
ask yourself this questionhágase esta pregunta
what a question to ask!¡vaya preguntita!
there's a reward for the painting's return, no questions askedse ofrece una recompensa sin preguntas por la devolución del cuadro
ask me no questions and I'll tell you no liesmás vale que no me preguntes
"why didn't you appoint him a year ago?" - "good question"-¿por qué no lo nombraste hace un año? -buena pregunta or -eso me pregunto yo
he posed three questionshizo or planteó tres preguntas
to put a question to sb (frm) → hacer una pregunta a algn
to put down a question to or for sb (Parl) → formular una pregunta a algn
to obey orders without questionobedecer órdenes sin rechistar
the 64,000 dollar questionla pregunta del millón
see also leading B
see also open A10, A11
see also personal A4
see also pop C2
see also trick C
2. (= matter, issue) → cuestión f
the Palestinian questionla cuestión palestina
that is the questionde eso se trata, esa es la cuestión
that is not the questionno se trata de eso, no es cuestión de eso
at the time in questiona la hora en cuestión
it is not simply a question of moneyno se trata simplemente de dinero, no es una simple cuestión de dinero
this raises the question of her suitabilityesto plantea la cuestión de si es la persona adecuada
it's only a question of time before he finds outsólo es cuestión de tiempo que se entere
see also beg A1
3. (= possibility) → posibilidad f
there is no question of outside helpno hay posibilidad de ayuda externa
there can be no question of your resigningsu dimisión no se puede admitir
it's out of the question!¡imposible!, ¡ni hablar!
an interest rate cut is out of the questionun recorte de los tipos de interés es imposible
4. (= doubt) → duda f
there is no question about itno cabe la menor duda de esto
as a manager, her ability is beyond questioncomo directora, su capacidad está fuera de toda duda
to bring or call sth into questionponer algo en duda
my integrity has been brought or called into questionmi integridad se ha puesto en duda
to be in questionestar en duda
your professional ability is not in questionno es tu capacidad como profesional lo que se pone en duda
his findings pose questions about the future of these drugssus descubrimientos hacen que se planteen preguntas sobre el futuro de estas drogas
this disaster raises questions about air safety in the regioncon el desastre se ha puesto en duda la seguridad aérea en la zona
the question remains (as to) whether he can be trustedla duda or la cuestión sigue siendo si se puede confiar en él
the question remains: how did she escape?la pregunta sigue ahí: ¿cómo escapó?
there is some question as to whether he will signhay or existen ciertas dudas sobre si firmará
without questionsin duda, indudablemente
5. (at meeting) → cuestión f, asunto m
to move the previous questionplantear la cuestión previa
to put the question (to a vote)someter la moción a votación
1. (= interrogate) [+ exam candidate, interviewee] → hacer preguntas a; [+ suspect] → interrogar (Parl) [+ minister, secretary] → interpelar
you will be questioned on one of three topicsse te harán preguntas sobre uno de tres temas
a suspect is being questioned by policela policía está interrogando a un sospechoso
they questioned him about his pastle hicieron preguntas or le preguntaron acerca de su pasado
the minister was questioned about his statement to Parliamentse interpeló al ministro sobre su declaración ante el Parlamento
2. (= doubt) [+ honesty, loyalty, motives] → dudar de, poner en duda; [+ decision, beliefs] → poner en duda, cuestionar
C. CPD question mark N (lit) → signo m de interrogación (fig) → interrogante m or f
a big question mark hangs over his futurese plantea un enorme interrogante sobre su futuro
question master Ninterrogador m
question tag Ncoletilla f interrogativa
question time N (Brit) (Parl) → sesión f de interpelaciones a los ministros

question [ˈkwɛstʃən]
(= query) → question f
to ask a question → poser une question
Can I ask a question? → Est-ce que je peux poser une question?
to ask sb a question → poser une question à qn
to put a question to sb → poser une question à qn
the question is ... → la question est de savoir ...
good question → bonne question
to pop the question
She was wondering when he would pop the question → Elle se demandait quand il allait la demander en mariage.
(= doubt) → doute m
There was no question about the diagnosis → Le diagnostic ne faisait aucun doute., Il n'y avait aucun doute quant au diagnostic.
there's some question as to who ... → on ne sait pas avec certitude qui ...
There's some question as to whether he will sign this resolution → On ne sait pas avec certitude s'il va signer la résolution.
to bring sth into question, to call sth into question → remettre qch en question
to be in question → être en question
to be open to question (= a matter for discussion) → être discutable
Managers' motives are always going to be open to question → Les motivations de la direction seront toujours discutables.
to be beyond question (= unquestionable) → ne pas faire l'ombre d'un doute
without question (= undoubtedly) → sans conteste
He was our greatest storyteller, without question → Il était sans conteste notre plus grand conteur. (= unquestioningly) → sans poser de questions
They carried out orders without question → Ils ont exécuté les ordres sans poser de questions.
(= matter, subject) → question f
That's a difficult question → C'est une question difficile.
it's a question of doing → il s'agit de faire
there's some question of doing → il est question de faire
there's no question of that → cela est hors de question
There's no question of a compromise → Un compromis est hors de question.
there's no question of his doing it → il est hors de question qu'il le fasse
There's no question of them agreeing → Il est hors de question qu'ils se mettent d'accord.
to be out of the question → être hors de question
It's out of the question → C'est hors de question.
the person in question → la personne en question
the night in question → la nuit en question
(in exam paper)question f
(= interrogate) [+ person] → interroger
He was questioned by the police → Il a été interrogé par la police.
(= dispute) [+ plan, idea, motives, decision, beliefs] → mettre en question, mettre en doute
to question whether ... (= call into question) → contester le fait que ...
He questioned whether anybody could run a marathon in less than 2 hours → Il a contesté le fait qu'on puisse courir le marathon en moins de 2 heures.

(Gram etc) → Frage f (→ to an +acc); (Parl) → (An)frage f (→ to an +acc); to ask somebody a questionjdm eine Frage stellen; don’t ask so many questionsfrag nicht so viel; they’ll buy anything, no questions askedsie kaufen alles und stellen keine dummen Fragen; what a question (to ask)!was für eine Frage!; (that’s a) good question!(das ist eine) gute Frage!; let me put the question another wayich werde die Frage anders formulieren
no pl (= doubt)Zweifel m, → Frage f; beyond (all) question, without questionohne Frage, ohne (jeden) Zweifel; his honesty is beyond questionseine Ehrlichkeit steht außer Zweifel or Frage; there is no question but that he has gone (form)es besteht kein Zweifel darüber, er ist fort; your sincerity is not in questionniemand zweifelt an Ihrer Aufrichtigkeit; to call something into questionetw infrage or in Frage stellen
(= matter)Frage f; that’s another question altogetherdas ist etwas völlig anderes; that’s not the questiondarum geht es nicht; the German questiondie deutsche Frage; it’s simply a question of timedas ist einfach eine Frage der Zeit; it’s not just a question of moneyes ist nicht nur eine Geldfrage or eine Frage des Geldes; if it’s only a question of whether …wenn es nur darum geht (inf)or sich darum handelt, ob …
no pl (= possibility, likelihood) there is some question of whether …es ist ziemlich fraglich, ob …; there’s no question of that happeninges steht außer Diskussion or es kann keine Rede davon sein, dass das passiert; there’s no question of a strikevon einem Streik kann keine Rede sein; that’s out of the questiondas kommt nicht infrage or in Frage; the person/matter in questiondie fragliche or infrage or in Frage stehende Person/Angelegenheit
(= ask questions of)fragen (about nach); (police etc) → befragen, vernehmen, verhören (about zu); (examiner) → prüfen (→ on über +acc); my father started questioning me about where I’d beenmein Vater fing an, mich auszufragen, wo ich gewesen war; they were questioned by the immigration authoritiesihnen wurden von der Einwanderungsbehörde viele Fragen gestellt; I don’t like being questioned, she saidich mag diese Verhöre nicht, sagte sie
(= express doubt about)bezweifeln, zweifeln an (+dat); (= dispute, challenge)infrage or in Frage stellen; they question whether it’s worth itsie bezweifeln, dass es der Mühe wert ist; but I’m not questioning that!das bezweifle or bestreite ich ja nicht; he questioned her inclusion on the committeeer äußerte Bedenken gegen ihre Aufnahme in den Ausschuss

question mark
nFragezeichen nt; to put a question over somethingetw infrage or in Frage stellen
question master
nQuizmaster m

question tag
n (Ling) → Frageanhängsel nt
question time
nZeit ffür Fragen; (Brit Parl) → Fragestunde f

question [ˈkwɛstʃn]
1. n
a. (enquiry) → domanda
to ask sb a question, put a question to sb → fare una domanda a qn
b. (matter, issue) → questione f, argomento
it is an open question whether ... → resta da vedere se..., è una questione aperta se...
the question is ... → il problema è...
the person/night in question → la persona/la notte in questione
it is a question of whether ... → si tratta di sapere se...
it's a question of doing ... → si tratta di fare...
that is not the question → non è questo il problema
there is no question of outside help → non c'è nessuna possibilità di aiuto esterno
there can be no question of your resigning → che lei dia le dimissioni non è nemmeno da prendersi in considerazione
it's out of the question → è fuori discussione
there's some question of closing the shop → c'è chi suggerisce di chiudere il negozio
c. (doubt) beyond or past questionfuori discussione or questione
in question → in discussione, in dubbio
there is no question about it → su questo non c'è (assolutamente) nessun dubbio
to bring or call sth into question → mettere in dubbio qc
2. vt
a. (interrogate, person) → interrogare
b. (doubt) → mettere in dubbio, dubitare di
I question whether it is worthwhile → mi domando se ne vale or valga la pena

question (ˈkwestʃən) noun
1. something which is said, written etc which asks for an answer from someone. The question is, do we really need a computer?
2. a problem or matter for discussion. There is the question of how much to pay him.
3. a single problem in a test or examination. We had to answer four questions in three hours.
4. criticism; doubt; discussion. He is, without question, the best man for the job.
5. a suggestion or possibility. There is no question of our dismissing him.
1. to ask (a person) questions. I'll question him about what he was doing last night.
2. to regard as doubtful. He questioned her right to use the money.
ˈquestionable adjective
1. doubtful; uncertain.
2. probably not true, honest, respectable. questionable behaviour.
ˈquestionably adverb
ˈquestionableness noun
question mark a mark (?)
used in writing to indicate a question.
ˈquestion-master noun
a person who asks the questions in eg a quiz.
ˌquestionˈnaire (-ˈneə) noun
a written list of questions to be answered by a large number of people to provide information for a survey or report.
in question
being talked about. The matter in question can be left till next week.
out of the question
not to be thought of as possible; not to be done. It is quite out of the question for you to go out tonight.

question سُؤَال , يَسْتَجْوِب otázka , vyslýchat sætte spørgsmålstegn ved , spørgsmål befragen , Frage αμφιβάλλω , ερώτηση pregunta , preguntar asettaa kyseenalaiseksi , kysymys question , questionner ispitivati , pitanje domanda , interrogare 質問 , 質問する 질문 , 질문하다 ondervragen , vraag spørre , spørsmål pytanie , zadać pytania questão , questionar вопрос , задавать вопрос fråga , ifrågasätta ไต่ถาม , คำถาม sormak , soru câu hỏi , hỏi 询问 , 问题

n.  pregunta; cuestión, problema;
v.  interrogar, preguntar.

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