From Middle English question, questioun, questiun, from Anglo-Norman questiun, from Old French question, from Latin quaestiōnem, accusative of quaestiō (“a seeking, investigation, inquiry, question”), from quaerere (“to seek, ask, inquire”). Displaced native Middle English frain, fraign (“question”) (from Old English fræġn); compare Middle English frainen, freinen ("to inquire, question"; > Modern English frain), Middle English afrainen, affrainen (“to question”), German fragen (“to ask”)/ German Frage (“question”). Compare also Middle Low German quēstie (“questioning; inquiry”), Middle High German questje (“question”).
question (plural questions)
- A sentence, phrase or word which asks for information, reply or response; an interrogative.
- A subject or topic for consideration or investigation.
- A doubt or challenge about the truth or accuracy of a matter.
- A proposal to a meeting as a topic for deliberation.
- Interrogation by torture.
- (obsolete) Talk; conversation; speech.
question (third-person singular simple present questions, present participle questioning, simple past and past participle questioned)
- To ask questions of; interrogate; enquire; ask for information.
- To raise doubts about; have doubts about.
- (obsolete) To argue; to converse; to dispute.