- 1 [countable] a sentence, phrase, or word that asks for information to ask/answer a question The question is, how much are they going to pay you? (formal) The question arises as to whether or not he knew of the situation. The key question of what caused the leak remains unanswered. (formal) He put a question to the Vice President about the recent reforms. I hope the police don't ask any tough questions. The government doesn't have the answers to these difficult questions. In an interview, try to ask open questions that don't just need “Yes” or “No” as an answer.
- 2[countable] a task or request for information that is intended to test your knowledge or understanding, for example in an exam or a competition Question 3 was very difficult. On the exam there's sure to be a question on energy.
- 3[countable] question (of something) a matter or topic that needs to be discussed or dealt with Let's look at the question of security. The question which needs to be addressed is one of funding. Which route is better remains an open question (= it is not decided).
- 4[uncountable] doubt or confusion about something Her honesty is beyond question. His suitability for the job is open to question. Her version of events was accepted without question. Idioms
- 1to make someone want to ask a question that has not yet been answered All of which begs the question as to who will fund the project.
- 2to talk about something as if it were definitely true, even though it might not be These assumptions beg the question that children learn languages more easily than adults.
- 1that is being discussed On the day in question we were in Miami.
- 2in doubt; uncertain The future of public transport is not in question.
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beg the questionjump to other results
to cause something to become a matter for doubt and discussion This case brings into question the whole purpose of the law.
bring/throw something into questionjump to other results
to doubt something or make others doubt something synonym question His honesty has never been called into question.
call something into questionjump to other results
to become a matter for doubt and discussion
come into questionjump to other results
used to show that you do not know the answer to a question “How much is all this going to cost?” “Good question!”
good question! (informal)jump to other results
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used to say that something is not difficult to predict, explain, do, etc. It's merely a question of time before the business collapses. It's just a question of deciding what you really want.
just/merely/only a question of (something/doing something)jump to other results
a matter about which there may be disagreement or confusion Whether this should be enforced by law or not is a moot point.
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impossible or not allowed, and therefore not worth discussing Another trip abroad this year is out of the question.
out of the questionjump to other results
to ask someone to marry you
pop the question (informal)jump to other results
there is/was no possibility of something There was no question of his/him canceling the trip so near the departure date.
there is/was no question of (something happening/somebody doing something)jump to other results