question ( questions plural & 3rd person present) ( questioning present participle) ( questioned past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A question is something that you say or write in order to ask a person about something.
oft N about/on n
They asked a great many questions about England..., The President refused to answer further questions on the subject...
2 verb If you question someone, you ask them a lot of questions about something.
This led the therapist to question Jim about his parents and their marriage... V n
The police have detained thirty-two people for questioning.
3 verb If you question something, you have or express doubts about whether it is true, reasonable, or worthwhile.
It never occurs to them to question the doctor's decisions... V n
4 n-sing If you say that there is some question about something, you mean that there is doubt or uncertainty about it. If something is in question or has been calledinto question, doubt or uncertainty has been expressed about it.
with supp, also prep N
There's no question about their success..., The paper says the President's move has called into question the whole basis of democracy in the country..., With the loyalty of key military units in question, that could prove an extraordinarily difficult task.
5 n-count A question is a problem, matter, or point which needs to be considered.
oft N of n/wh
But the whole question of aid is a tricky political one...
6 n-count The questions in an examination are the problems which are set in order to test your knowledge or ability.
That question did come up in the examination.
8 The person, thing, or time in question is one which you have just been talking about or which is relevant.
in question phrase n PHR
Add up all the income you've received over the period in question.
9 If you say that something is out of the question, you are emphasizing that it is completely impossible or unacceptable.
out of the question phrase v-link PHR (emphasis)
For the homeless, private medical care is simply out of the question...
10 If you pop the question, you ask someone to marry you. (JOURNALISM, INFORMAL)
pop the question phrase V inflects
Stuart got serious quickly and popped the question six months later.
11 If you say there is no question of something happening, you are emphasizing that it is not going to happen.
there's no question of doing sth phrase V inflects, PHR -ing, PHR n -ing (emphasis)
As far as he was concerned there was no question of betraying his own comrades..., There is no question of the tax-payer picking up the bill for the party.
12 If you do something without question, you do it without arguing or asking why it is necessary.
without question phrase PHR after v
...military formations, carrying out without question the battle orders of superior officers.
13 You use without question to emphasize the opinion you are expressing.
without question phrase PHR with cl (emphasis)
He was our greatest storyteller, without question.
cross-question ( cross-questions 3rd person present) ( cross-questioning present participle) ( cross-questioned past tense & past participle ) If you cross-question someone, you ask them a lot of questions about something. verb
The police came back and cross-questioned Des again. V n
indirect question ( indirect questions plural ) An indirect question is the same as a reported question.
(mainly BRIT) n-count
leading question ( leading questions plural ) A leading question is expressed in such a way that it suggests what the answer should be. n-count
open question ( open questions plural ) If something is anopen question, people have different opinions about it and nobody can say which opinion is correct. n-count
A British official said he thought it was an open question whether sanctions would do any good.
question mark ( question marks plural )
1 n-count A question mark is the punctuation mark ? which is used in writing at the end of a question.
2 n-count If there is doubt or uncertainty about something, you can say that there is a question markover it.
oft N over n
There are bound to be question marks over his future...
question tag ( question tags plural ) In grammar, a question tag is a very short clause at the end of a statement which changes the statement into a question. For example, in `She said half price, didn't she?', the words `didn't she' are a question tag. n-count
reported question ( reported questions plural ) A reported question is a question which is reported using a clause beginning with a word such as `why' or `whether', as in `I asked her why she'd done it'.
trick question ( trick questions plural ) If someone asks you a trick question, they ask you a question which is very difficult to answer, for example because there is a hidden difficulty or because the answer that seems obvious is not the correct one. n-count