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Question appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • The sex life of the woodchuck is a provocative question for most vertebrate zoology majors. (76 letters)
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Usage statistics for the noun question:

spoken English54.79%written English45.21% conversational speech18.7%task-oriented speech81.3% imaginative writing43.36%informational writing56.64%
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Question is sometimes a misspelling of questioned.

The word question is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun question

What does question mean as a name of something?

Question is one of the top 50 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: questions

  1. an instance of questioning
  2. the subject matter at issue
    • example: the question of disease merits serious discussion
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of question: head
    • more generic words: subject / theme / topic = the subject matter of a conversation or discussion
    • more specific terms:
  3. a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply
  4. uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something
  5. a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote
    • example: she called for the question
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of question: motion
    • more generic word: proposal = something proposed
  6. an informal reference to a marriage proposal

Alternative definition of the noun question


  1. A sentence, phrase or word which asks for information, reply or response; an interrogative.
  2. A subject or topic for consideration or investigation.
  3. An unknown.
  4. A doubt or challenge about the truth or accuracy of a matter.
  5. A proposal to a meeting as a topic for deliberation.

Definition of the verb question

What does question mean as a doing word?

Question is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: questioned | questioning | questions

  1. challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of
  2. pose a series of questions to
    • examples: The suspect was questioned by the police | We questioned the survivor about the details of the explosion
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]I interrogated him | John informed me
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] about [Topic, not sentential clause]I interrogated him about the incident
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] as [Predicate, not sentential clause]I interrogated him as a suspect

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): interrogate, interview.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of question: interrogate
    • more generic words: ask / enquire / inquire = address a question to and expect an answer from
  3. pose a question
  4. conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting
    • example: Sam cannot question Sue
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of question: interview
    • more generic words: converse / discourse = carry on a conversation
  5. place in doubt or express doubtful speculation

Alternative definition of the verb question


  1. To ask questions of; interrogate; enquire; ask for information.
  2. To raise doubts about; have doubts about.


The Question is a fictional character, a superhero that appears in comic books published by DC Comics, created by writer-artist Steve Ditko, and debuting in Charlton Comics Blue Beetle #1. The character was acquired by DC Comics in the early 1980s and incorporated into the DC Universe. Following the events of the 2006–2007 miniseries 52, his protégé Renee Montoya took up his mantle and became his successor.


"Question" is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. The story first appeared in the March 1955 issue of Computers and Automation, and was reprinted in the April 30, 1957, issue of Science World. It is the first of a loosely connected series of stories concerning a fictional supercomputer called Multivac.

  • language: English Language
  • released in (60 years ago)


  1. "Question" a.k.a. "Question!" is a song by Armenian American rock band System of a Down, released as the second single of their fourth album Mezmerize. The song was first premiered by the famous Los Angeles, California radio station KROQ-FM on May 23, 2005 and was released to alternative and rock radio stations on July 12 of the same year.
  2. "Question" is a 1970 single by the English progressive rock band The Moody Blues. It was written by guitarist Justin Hayward, who provides lead vocals. "Question" was first released as a single in April 1970, and was later featured as the lead track on the 1970 album A Question of Balance. The single also features the song "Candle of Life" on its B-side, which was from the Moody Blues previous album To Our Children's Children's Children.
  3. "Question" is a 1960 song written by Lloyd Price and Harold Logan. Lloyd Price's recording was issued as ABC-Paramount single 10123, reaching #5 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart and #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song combines a rhythm and blues musical arrangement with a pop style backing vocal-chorus.
  4. "Question" a.k.a. "Question!" is a 2005 album by System of a Down.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  5. "Question" is a musical album of Purple Penguin.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  6. "Question" a.k.a. "Question?" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  7. "Question" a.k.a. "Question:" is a composition, cataloged instance.
    • also known as What Have You Got, Long Lost
    • music and lyrics by Jonna Lee
  8. "Question" is a composition.


Who is Question?

Question a.k.a. Marco Carola is an Italian electronic musician and DJ.


Question is a musical group.

  • album: "Doomed Passages"

Phrases with Question

Phrases starting with the word Question:

  1. question mark
  2. question time
  3. question sheet
  4. question master
  5. question of law
  6. Question Period
  7. Question-Master

Phrases ending with the word Question:

  1. in question
  2. Tag question
  3. cross question
  4. cross-question
  5. Polar Question
  6. Trick Question
  7. Scaled Question
  8. yes-no question
  9. Ask the Question
  10. Beg the Question
  11. Federal Question
  12. leading question
  13. pop the question

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Question

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Google previewMosby's Massage Therapy Review (2014)

by Sandy Fritz

d Factual recall Rationale: The question is a definition of clinical reasoning. a Factual recall Rationale: The question is a definition of subjective data. b Factual recall Rationale: The question is a definition of functional assessment. b Factual ...

Google previewDon't be Fooled (2017)

A Philosophy of Common Sense by Jan Bransen

Your question is what you want. Simple, and vague at the...

Google previewInformal Logic (1989)

A Handbook for Critical Argument by Douglas N. Walton

The reason behind this normal expectation that a direct answer will be given if available is that our usual and reasonable presumption in many contexts is that a question is a sincere request for information where the questioner expects, or at ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Diet: A Treatise on the Food Question (Complete) (2015)

by Eugene Christian

question whether man should eat the flesh of animals is especially fascinating for those who give attention to the food they eat. There are many standpoints, however, from which the subject of vegetarianism may be discussed.

Google previewScholastic Children's Dictionary Activity Book (2002)

by Lorraine Hopping Egan

Question. Cards. How to Play 1. You need the Scholastic Children's Dictionary,. Definite Definitions Definition: "an extinct animal like a large elephant with long, curved tusks and shaggy hair." Clue: ma Answer: mammoth / Parts of Speech ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Logic (2006)

by Harry J. Gensler

QUESTION BEGGING. See CIRCULAR REASONING. QUESTIONS, LOGIC OF ( erotetic or interrogative logic). While it may not make sense to use questions as premises or conclusions, still we can apply some of the standard logic machinery ...

Google previewOntology and the Lexicon (2010)

A Natural Language Processing Perspective by Chu-ren Huang

question. answering. Lonneke van der Plas, Gosse Bouma, and Jori M ur 16.1 Introduction Lexico-semantic knowledge is becoming increasingly important within the area of natural language processing, especially for applications such as ...

Google previewThe Wiley-Blackwell Dictionary of Modern European History Since 1789 (2011)

by Nicholas Atkin, Michael Biddiss, Frank Tallett

Eastern Question The significance of this term, covering the international ramifications of the decline of the Ottoman Empire from the later eighteenth until the early twentieth century, ...

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Usage statistics about question

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun question:

spoken English54.79%written English45.21% conversational speech18.7%task-oriented speech81.3% imaginative writing43.36%informational writing56.64%

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Quotes about Question

There is no such thing as an unreasonable question, or a silly question, or a frivolous question, or a waste-of-time question. It's your life, and you've got to get these answers. (Marcia Wallace)
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Scrabble value of Q10U1E1S1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 8-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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