ques|tion1 W1S1 [ˈkwestʃən] n
1¦(asking for information)¦
4 without question
5 there is no question of something happening/somebody doing something
6 in question
7 be a question of something
8 it's just/only/simply a question of doing something
9 be out of the question
10 (that's a) good question!
11 pop the question
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: Latin quaestio, from quaestus, past participle of quaerere 'to ask']
a sentence or phrase that is used to ask for information or to test someone's knowledge
≠ ↑answer
Can I ask you a question ?
I'm afraid I can't answer that question .
Did you answer all the questions in the test?
question about/on
They asked me quite a lot of difficult questions about my job.
The survey included questions on age and smoking habits.
Does anyone have any questions ?
The audience was invited to put questions to both the speakers.
Stop trying to avoid the question !
The exam questions are set by a team of experts.
the answer to the question posed at the beginning of this chapter
Journalists bombarded the couple with questions .
Perhaps I should rephrase the question .
In answer to your last question , 'Yes'.
a subject or problem that needs to be discussed or dealt with
= ↑issue question of
We discussed the question of confidentiality.
This raises the question of government funding.
an urgent need to address the question of crime
Several questions have still not been resolved .
The question is should I take the job in Japan, or should I stay here?
Some important questions remain unanswered (=still have not been dealt with or explained) .
3.) ¦(DOUBT)¦[U]
if there is some question about something, there is doubt about it, or people feel uncertain about it
The exact cause of death is still open to question (=not certain) .
call/bring/throw sth into question
(=make people doubt something)
This has called into question people's right to retire at 60.
He's by far the best candidate, there's no question about it (=it is completely certain) .
There is no question that (=it is completely certain that) the government knew about the deal.
beyond question
(=completely certain or definite)
Her efficiency and intelligence are beyond question.
4.) without question
a) used to emphasize that what you are saying is true or correct
Marilyn was, without question, a very beautiful woman.
b) if you accept or obey something without question, you do it without expressing any doubt about whether it is correct or necessary
Clara accepted his decision without question.
5.) there is no question of sth happening/sb doing sth
used to say that there is no possibility of something happening
There is no question of the project being postponed.
6.) in question
a) the things, people etc in question are the ones that are being discussed
Where were you during the evening in question?
b) if something is in question, there is doubt about it
I'm afraid his honesty is now in question.
7.) be a question of sth
used to say what the most important fact, part, or feature of something is
Dance is a question of control and creative expression.
I would love to come, but it's a question of time.
8.) it's just/only/simply a question of doing sth
spoken used to say that what needs doing is easy or not complicated
It's just a question of putting in a couple of screws.
9.) be out of the question
if something is out of the question, it is definitely not possible or not allowed
You can't go in that old shirt - it's out of the question.
10.) (that's a) good question!
spoken used to admit that you do not know the answer to a question
'How can we afford this?' 'Good question!'
11.) pop the question informal
to ask someone to marry you - used humorously
leading question atleading1 (4), rhetorical question atrhetorical, beg the question atbeg
COLLOCATES for sense 1
ask (somebody) a question
answer a question
have a question (=want to ask a question)
put a question to somebody (=ask someone a question in a formal situation)
difficult/awkward/tricky question
avoid/evade/sidestep a question (=avoid giving a clear direct answer)
set a question (=invent a question for a test)
exam/test question
pose a question formal (=ask a question)
searching/probing question (=one that tries to get a full and thoughtful answer from someone)
bombard somebody with questions (=ask someone a lot of questions)
rephrase a question (=ask it in a different way)
rhetorical question (=one you ask without expecting an answer, as a way of making a point in a discussion)
in answer to your question (=used for referring back to a question you are going to answer)
question 2
question2 W3S2 v [T]
1.) to ask someone questions in order to get information about something, especially about a crime
Two men have been arrested and questioned.
question sb about sth
She hates being questioned about her past.
Joseph questioned the doctors closely (=asked them a lot of questions) .
2.) to have or express doubts about whether something is true, good, necessary etc
question what/how/when etc
Are you questioning what I'm saying?
No one dared to question his decisions.
question whether
One questions whether he's telling the truth.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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