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Definition of query verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    query

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkwɪəri//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪri//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they query
    BrE BrE//ˈkwɪəri//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪri//
     
    he / she / it queries
    BrE BrE//ˈkwɪəriz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪriz//
     
    past simple queried
    BrE BrE//ˈkwɪərid//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪrid//
     
    past participle queried
    BrE BrE//ˈkwɪərid//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪrid//
     
    -ing form querying
    BrE BrE//ˈkwɪəriɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪriɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1query something | query what, whether, etc… to express doubt about whether something is correct or not We queried the bill as it seemed far too high. I'm not in a position to query their decision.
  2. 2+ speech to ask a question ‘Who will be leading the team?’ queried Simon.
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: anglicized form of the Latin imperative quaere!, used in the 16th cent. in English as a verb in the sense ‘inquire’ and as a noun meaning ‘query’, from Latin quaerere ‘ask, seek’.Extra examples He hoped his expense account would not be queried too closely. ‘Why ever not?’ she queried. I’m not in a position to query their decision.
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