-1. a question, esp one expressing doubt, uncertainty, or an objection
-2. a less common name for question mark
-3. to express uncertainty, doubt, or an objection concerning (something)
-4. to express as a query ⇒ ""What's up now?" she queried"
-5. (US) to put a question to (a person); ask
noun (The first five uses are listed but there are a total of fifteen.)
-1. a form of words addressed to a person in order to elicit information or evoke a response; interrogative sentence
-2. a point at issue ⇒ "it's only a question of time until she dies",
-3. a difficulty or uncertainty; doubtful point ⇒ "a question of money", "there's no question about it"
-4. (a) an act of asking
(b) an investigation into some problem or difficulty
-5. a motion presented for debate by a deliberative body
-16. to put a question or questions to (a person); interrogate
-17. to make (something) the subject of dispute or disagreement
-18. to express uncertainty about the validity, truth, etc, of (something); doubt
Differences between question and query as nouns
- You ask a question. NOT You ask a *query. (*incorrect)
- You submit a query.
- You answer a question. NOT You answer a *query
- There are 10 multiple-choice questions on the exam. NOT There are 10 multiple-choice *queries on the exam
- How to write a query letter. NOT How to write a *question letter.
- We regret that we cannot deal with queries on individual cases. (formal)
- An exam/test question. NOT An exam/test *query
- He popped the question (make a proposal of marriage). NOT He popped the *query
Some common collocations with question:
Some common collocations with query: - specific - separate
When the nouns question and query are synonymous
- If you have any questions/queries, please contact us.
- You reply/respond to a question/query.
- "I would like to put a question to the first speaker"(formal)
- "I would like to put a query to the first speaker" (very formal)
- Have you any questions/queries about what you're supposed to do?
Differences between question and query as verbs
Query is more formal and slightly outdated, and can be substituted with either question or the more common reporting verb, ask.
- She queried whether three months was long enough.
- "Any chance of a cup of tea?" he queried hopefully.
- She asked/questioned whether three months was long enough.
- "Any chance of a cup of tea?" he asked hopefully.
"He questioned hopefully" sounds a little odd to me, I doubt a native speaker would actually say this, although in the written form it might be possible.
Similarities between question and query as verbs
They are both transitive verbs and can sometimes be used interchangeably.
- The police officer questioned him at some length.
- The police officer queried him at some length
- They questioned her motives.
- They queried her motives.