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.