- 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 minister about the recent reforms. I hope the police don't ask any awkward 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. Express YourselfDealing with questionsIf you give a talk, for example at a conference, you need to explain to the audience when they can ask questions, and deal with the questions they ask: There will be time for questions at the end, if you'd like to save them up till then. If you don't mind, we'll take all of your questions at the end of the presentation. We've set aside/We're saving the last 15 minutes for questions. If you have questions, please feel free to ask them as we go along. That's an interesting point. Perhaps I can answer it like this… I'm not sure I understand your question. If I understand your question correctly, what you're asking is… That's something we probably need to look into further. Does that answer your question? I hope that answers your question. Can I come back to that point later?
- 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. In 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. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French question (noun), questionner (verb), from Latin quaestio(n-), from quaerere
- 1to make somebody 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.
- 1 that is being discussed On the day in question we were in Cardiff.
- 2 in doubt; uncertain The future of public transport is not in question.
there is/was no possibility of something There was no question of his/him cancelling the trip so near the departure date.