[ kweer-ee ]
/ ˈkwɪər i /

noun, plural que·ries.

verb (used with object), que·ried, que·ry·ing.

Origin of query

1625–35; alteration (cf. -y3) of earlier quere < Latin quaere quaere

Related forms

que·ry·ing·ly, adverbout·que·ry, verb (used with object), out·que·ried, out·que·ry·ing.un·que·ried, adjective

Can be confused

inquiry queryquarry query
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British Dictionary definitions for query


/ (ˈkwɪərɪ) /

noun plural -ries

a question, esp one expressing doubt, uncertainty, or an objection
a less common name for question mark

verb -ries, -rying or -ried (tr)

to express uncertainty, doubt, or an objection concerning (something)
to express as a query"What's up now?" she queried
US to put a question to (a person); ask

Word Origin for query

C17: from earlier quere, from Latin quaere ask!, from quaerere to seek, inquire
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