- a question; an inquiry.
- mental reservation; doubt.
- Printing. a question mark (?), especially as added on a manuscript, proof sheet, or the like, indicating doubt as to some point in the text.
- an inquiry from a writer to an editor of a magazine, newspaper, etc., regarding the acceptability of or interest in an idea for an article, news story, or the like: usually presented in the form of a letter that outlines or describes the projected piece.
- to ask or inquire about: No one queried his presence.
- to question as doubtful or obscure: to query a statement.
- Printing. to mark (a manuscript, proof sheet, etc.) with a query.
- to ask questions of.
Origin of query
Related Words for queryobjection, question, questioning, inquiry, reservation, skepticism, inquire, interrogate, quiz, uncertainty, mistrust, interrogation, doubt, suspicion, interrogatory, dubiety, problem, concern, knock, impugn
Examples from the Web for query
Contemporary Examples of query
Your query will be answered with a blank stare, followed by a long pause and half-hearted reply: My accountant?
So Lopez also does his homework and hands out a query sheet with questions.True Life: I’m a Part-Time Ghost Hunter
September 15, 2013
Then he stands by—near enough to query, not close enough to crowd.Liberate Poetry! Robert Pinsky’s Manifesto for Readers
August 26, 2013
If few or no results are found for a query, results from Bing, Microsoft's search engine, will populate the page.It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s ... Facebook
January 15, 2013
That would be the end of the visit, a quick two-question survey; except Gilligan has a query of her own.In Florida, Romney Acolytes Knock on Doors, Beg for Votes
November 5, 2012
Historical Examples of query
But it is needless to complete the query; the answer alone is important.De Libris: Prose and Verse
There was something half-plaintive in the modulated cadences of the query.
Then, in his turn, Burke put the query that the girl had put to him a little while before.
And then her insolence reached its culmination in a query of her own: "Was his name Griggs?"
Porter went on as though he had not heard the daughter's query.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- a question, esp one expressing doubt, uncertainty, or an objection
- a less common name for question mark
- 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
Word Origin and History for query
1530s, quaere "a question," from Latin quaere "ask," imperative of quaerere "to seek, look for; strive, endeavor, strive to gain; ask, require, demand;" figuratively "seek mentally, seek to learn, make inquiry," probably ultimately from PIE *kwo-, root forming the stem of relative and interrogative pronouns (see who). Spelling Englished or altered c.1600 by influence of inquiry.
"to question," 1650s, from query (n.). Related: Queried; querying.