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There is no question that al-Qaida operatives are currently active in Iraq. A premature exit before the threat they represent has been dealt with would endanger America and the prospects of eventual peace in the Middle East.
Robert Foster Bennett

Meaning of "question" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD QUESTION

Via Old French from Latin quaestiō, from quaerere to seek.
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PRONUNCIATION OF QUESTION

question  [ˈkwɛstʃən] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF QUESTION

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Question is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb question in English.

WHAT DOES QUESTION MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Question

A question is a linguistic expression used to make a request for information, or the request made using such an expression. The information requested may be provided in the form of an answer. Questions have developed a range of uses that go beyond the simple eliciting of information from another party. Rhetorical questions, for example, are used to make a point, and are not expected to be answered. Many languages have special grammatical forms for questions. However questions can also be asked without using these interrogative grammatical structures – for example one may use an imperative, as in "Tell me your name". For detailed information about the grammar of question formation, see Interrogative, and for English specifically, English grammar: Questions.

Definition of question in the English dictionary

The first definition of question in the dictionary is a form of words addressed to a person in order to elicit information or evoke a response; interrogative sentence. Other definition of question is a point at issue. Question is also a difficulty or uncertainty; doubtful point.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO QUESTION

PRESENT

Present
I question
you question
he/she/it questions
we question
you question
they question
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
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
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I questioned
you questioned
he/she/it questioned
we questioned
you questioned
they 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
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
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will question
you will question
he/she/it will question
we will question
you will question
they will question
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
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 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
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would question
you would question
he/she/it would question
we would question
you would question
they would question
Conditional continuous
I would be questioning
you would be questioning
he/she/it would be questioning
we would be questioning
you would be questioning
they would be questioning
Conditional perfect
I would have question
you would have question
he/she/it would have question
we would have question
you would have question
they would have question
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been questioning
you would have been questioning
he/she/it would have been questioning
we would have been questioning
you would have been questioning
they would have been questioning
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you question
we let´s question
you question
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to question
Past participle
questioned
Present Participle
questioning
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH QUESTION


antichristian
ˌæntɪˈkrɪstʃən
autosuggestion
ˌɔːtəʊsəˈdʒɛstʃən
Christian
ˈkrɪstʃən
combustion
kəmˈbʌstʃən
congestion
kənˈdʒɛstʃən
contragestion
ˌkɒntrəˈdʒɛstʃən
counterquestion
ˈkaʊntəˌkwɛstʃən
decongestion
ˌdiːkənˈdʒɛstʃən
digestion
dɪˈdʒɛstʃən
disgestion
dɪsˈdʒɛstʃən
egestion
ɪˈdʒɛstʃən
exhaustion
ɪɡˈzɔːstʃən
indigestion
ˌɪndɪˈdʒɛstʃən
ingestion
ɪnˈdʒɛstʃən
mixtion
ˈmɪkstʃən
moxibustion
ˌmɒksɪˈbʌstʃən
predigestion
ˌpriːdaɪˈdʒɛstʃən
redigestion
ˌriːdaɪˈdʒɛstʃən
suggestion
səˈdʒɛstʃən
unchristian
ʌnˈkrɪstʃən

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE QUESTION

questingly
question mark
question master
question of fact
question of law
Question Period
question tag
question time
questionability
questionable
questionableness
questionably
questionary
questionee
questioner
questioning
questioningly
questionist
questionless
questionlessly

WORDS THAT END LIKE QUESTION

accreditation
bastion
beg the question
beyond (all) question
call in question
Camp Bastion
direct question
essay question
good question
heat exhaustion
heat of combustion
in question
loaded question
open question
out of the question
pop the question
previous question
put the question
rhetorical question
trick question
yes/no question

Synonyms and antonyms of question in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «QUESTION»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «question» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of question

Translation of «question» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF QUESTION

Find out the translation of question to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of question from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «question» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

问题
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

pregunta
570 millions of speakers

English

question
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

सवाल
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

سُؤَال
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

вопрос
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

questão
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

প্রশ্ন
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

question
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Soalan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Frage
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

質問
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

질문
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pitakonan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

câu hỏi
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கேள்வி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

प्रश्न
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

soru
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

domanda
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

pytanie
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

питання
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

întrebare
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ερώτηση
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vraag
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

fråga
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

spørsmål
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of question

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «QUESTION»

The term «question» is very widely used and occupies the 879 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «QUESTION» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «question» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «question» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about question

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10 QUOTES WITH «QUESTION»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word question.
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Floyd Abrams
I really try at least to come back and answer the question as to whether that was really the best way to do that and was I really thinking straight and how did my opponents behave and how did the judges behave was needed.
2
Jean Alesi
Am I calm all the time? That is a question to ask my mother. I am very happy in my home. I have a good family, that gives me something extra.
3
James F. Amos
We're all concerned about the budget. We're all concerned about what's happening financially in our country. There's no question about it. Congress is working day and night. In fact, every time I go home the lights are on at the top of the Capitol.
4
Roone Arledge
One of the reasons why when Elvis dies or the Son of Sam is captured ABC News' ratings go up is because people who don't normally watch news are watching then. The question is, do you want to attract people who don't watch network news or fight over the people who do?
5
Julian Barbour
There are things that I would say that you could call an instant of time; or better, a now. As we live we seem to move through a succession of instants of time, nows, and the question is, what are they? There are where everything in the universe is at this moment, now.
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Robert Foster Bennett
There is no question that al-Qaida operatives are currently active in Iraq. A premature exit before the threat they represent has been dealt with would endanger America and the prospects of eventual peace in the Middle East.
7
Peter Bofinger
It is true that a population which is growing older needs to save, but the question is in what form the savings are made.
8
Lois McMaster Bujold
What you are is a question only you can answer.
9
George W. Bush
A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it.
10
Georg Cantor
In mathematics the art of proposing a question must be held of higher value than solving it.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «QUESTION»

Discover the use of question in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to question and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
The Ultimate Question: Driving Good Profits and True Growth
Vivid stories from leading-edge organizations illustrate the ideas in practice. Practical and compelling, this is the one book—and the one tool—no growth-minded leader can afford to miss.
Frederick F. Reichheld, 2006
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Radiation Oncology: A Question-based Review
It is also an ideal preparation tool for written and oral board examinations. Organized in chapters and sections by site, the book covers in detail all the sites and cancer types currently treated with radiotherapy.
Boris Hristov, John P. Christodouleas, Steven H. Lin, 2010
3
The Question
Critical analysis of the historic anti-Semitism of France through the lens of Jean-Paul Sartre's philosophy.
Henri Alleg, 1958
4
The Post-Secular in Question: Religion in Contemporary Society
This collection of original essays by leading academics represents an interdisciplinary intervention in the continuing and ever-transforming discussion of the role of religion and secularism in today’s world.
Philip Gorski, David Kyuman Kim, John Torpey, 2012
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Humanitarianism in Question: Politics, Power, Ethics
Years of tremendous growth in response to complex emergencies have left a mark on the humanitarian sector. Various matters that once seemed settled are now subjects of intense debate. What is humanitarianism?
Michael Barnett, Thomas G. Weiss, 2008
6
A Question of Silence: The Sexual Economies of Modern India
The essays in this volume develop an understanding of the institutions, practices and forms of representation of Indian sexual relations and their boundaries of legitimacy.
Janaki Nair, Mary E. John, 2000
7
The Project Management Question and Answer Book
What is it? Is it right for my organization? Will it save me money and time? Everything you need to know about project management.
Michael W. Newell, Marina N. Grashina, 2004
8
The Question of Being
A fantastic read for any scholar or student interested in philosophy, epistemology, or ontology.
Martin Heidegger, 1958
9
Review Questions in Ophthalmology: A Question and Answer Book
Focusing on common diseases, the book covers all specialty rotations, plus key areas such as embryology, anatomy, pediatrics, plastics, and lenses. This edition includes new cases and information on new drugs, especially glaucoma drugs.
Kenneth C. Chern, Kenneth Weston Wright, 2004
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That Noble Dream: The 'Objectivity Question' and the ...
Drawing on the unpublished correspondence as well as the published writing of hundreds of American historians, this book is a richly textured account of what American historians have thought they were doing, or ought to be doing, when they ...
Peter Novick, 1988

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «QUESTION»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term question is used in the context of the following news items.
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French pupils petition to scrap 'impossible' English exam question
More than 10,000 pupils in France have signed a petition calling on examiners to ditch a question from the English exam in this year's baccalaureate as it was ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jun 15»
2
BBC defends Question Time over claims of audience 'bias'
The BBC has defended how it chose the audience for the leaders' debate on Question Time, after its selection process was accused of both leftwing and ... «The Guardian, Apr 15»
3
Forever episode 21 review: The Night In Question
This leads them on a convoluted trail that leads them back to the hospital, and the fateful Night in Question. Through complicit Judges, murdering Sheriffs and ... «Den Of Geek, Apr 15»
4
BBC criticised for putting Charles Kennedy on Question Time
The former Lib Dem leader, a recovering alcoholic, appeared to have trouble answering questions. Mr Kennedy, who led the Liberal Democrats from 1999 to ... «Express.co.uk, Mar 15»
5
Ballot "Question 1" on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
The April 7th election in Springfield is one month away, and taking front and center is a referendum known as "Question 1," regarding a city ordinance on the ... «KSPR, Mar 15»
6
A Bad Faith Question
That's because the evolution question really isn't about evolution at all. On the surface, it's about the culture war. To borrow a phrase from the campus left, ... «RealClearPolitics, Feb 15»
7
George Galloway accuses BBC over Question Time 'set-up'
George Galloway claims Question Time host David Dimbleby later apologised to him after he faced a question relating to antisemitism. Photograph: Dan ... «The Guardian, Feb 15»
8
Tristram Hunt under fire after 'nuns' remark on Question Time
Tristram Hunt, Labour's shadow education secretary, is under fire after appearing to question whether nuns make good teachers during an appearance on a TV ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Feb 15»
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George Galloway's Question Time slot 'lacks sensitivity', BBC told
The BBC's decision to invite self-confessed “pro-Palestine” MP George Galloway to appear on a Question Time panel to be filmed in Finchley, north-west ... «The Guardian, Jan 15»
10
Here's The Tough Interview Question One Tech CEO Always Asks
That's the question Kristin Muhlner, CEO of NewBrand, a social analytics software company, asks every job candidate she interviews. In a recent interview with ... «Business Insider, Jan 15»

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