2. An action that results in obtaining information about something: Virginia made a query to the department store about an order that she had made several days ago.
The librarian responded to Mark's query about a special topic which he was researching in order to complete his assignment about Latin words in English.
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The magazine writer, Mr. Thompson, conducted a survey in which several leading educators were queried about the dietary habits of their students.2. To express a desire to get a better understanding about some doubtful activity or to check the validity or accuracy regarding something: Many callers were querying the government agency as to why so many people could not get jobs when the economic reports indicated that more companies were hiring workers.
Mary's mother queried her daughter's teacher, Mrs. Anderson, about her decision not to have a final exam that semester.
2. To study or to analyze: The lab technician was determined to question every aspect of the experiment before writing her report.
3. Opportunity for a doubt or an objection: There is no question that he is a fine doctor and surgeon.
4. The act or instance of asking for information: In the morning, Tony will pose a question to his daughter about the film she went to see.
2. A chivalrous undertaking typically involving an adventurous trip or journey often associated with medieval literature: The knight went on a quest to find the beautiful girl of his dreams.
2. An appeal or request for information: Stanley will make an inquiry at the library information desk about the film he wants to borrow.
In its quest to understand the difficult issues facing the hospital, the board members demanded an inquiry be undertaken to answer the question: "What happened to the significant donations received last year?"
This was the query of Ms. Jones who wished to make a donation but wanted an accounting of all previous gifts and donations.
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