Question Ques"tion, v. t. 1. To inquire of by asking questions; to examine by interrogatories; as, to question a witness. [1913 Webster]

2. To doubt of; to be uncertain of; to query. [1913 Webster]

And most we question what we most desire. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

3. To raise a question about; to call in question; to make objection to. ``But have power and right to question thy bold entrance on this place.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. To talk to; to converse with. [1913 Webster]

With many holiday and lady terms he questioned me. -- Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To ask; interrogate; catechise; doubt; controvert; dispute.

Usage: Question, Inquire, Interrogate. To inquire is merely to ask for information, and implies no authority in the one who asks. To interrogate is to put repeated questions in a formal or systematic fashion to elicit some particular fact or facts. To question has a wider sense than to interrogate, and often implies an attitude of distrust or opposition on the part of the questioner. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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