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query

[kweer-ee]
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noun, plural que·ries.
  1. a question; an inquiry.
  2. mental reservation; doubt.
  3. Printing. a question mark (?), especially as added on a manuscript, proof sheet, or the like, indicating doubt as to some point in the text.
  4. 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.
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verb (used with object), que·ried, que·ry·ing.
  1. to ask or inquire about: No one queried his presence.
  2. to question as doubtful or obscure: to query a statement.
  3. Printing. to mark (a manuscript, proof sheet, etc.) with a query.
  4. to ask questions of.
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Origin of query

1625–35; alteration (cf. -y3) of earlier quere < Latin quaere quaere
Related formsque·ry·ing·ly, adverbout·que·ry, verb (used with object), out·que·ried, out·que·ry·ing.un·que·ried, adjective
Can be confusedinquiry queryquarry query
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Examples from the Web for querying

Historical Examples

  • What else could be shown, I rebuked my nerves by querying of them; and turned the key.

    The Thing from the Lake

    Eleanor M. Ingram

  • Jack was querying, as he and old Fairfax sipped their five-o'clock "Manhattan."

    The Golden House

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • Clara, too; she was querying how much she should tell Thurstane; all of a sudden she was dreaming.

    Overland

    John William De Forest

  • He looked at her on a level, spiritually, querying as to who she might be.

    The Precipice

    Elia Wilkinson Peattie

  • Miss Munch was querying as Claire stepped into the dressing-room.

    The Blood Red Dawn

    Charles Caldwell Dobie


British Dictionary definitions for querying

query

noun plural -ries
  1. a question, esp one expressing doubt, uncertainty, or an objection
  2. a less common name for question mark
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verb -ries, -rying or -ried (tr)
  1. to express uncertainty, doubt, or an objection concerning (something)
  2. to express as a query"What's up now?" she queried
  3. US to put a question to (a person); ask
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Word Origin

C17: from earlier quere, from Latin quaere ask!, from quaerere to seek, inquire
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Word Origin and History for querying

query

n.

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.

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query

v.

"to question," 1650s, from query (n.). Related: Queried; querying.

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