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noun     question pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] something that someone asks you when they want information
    answer a question:

    Why won’t you answer my question?

    ask a question:

    I regretted asking the question as soon as the words were out.

    rephrase a question (=ask it in a different way):

    Perhaps I ought to rephrase the question.

    evade/sidestep a question (=deliberately not answer it):

    Politicians have a habit of evading difficult questions.

    awkward question (=one that is difficult or embarrassing to answer):

    Children are always asking awkward questions about the facts of life.

    a searching/probing question (=one that asks for information that someone might not want to give):

    probing questions about my health

    1. a.
      a request for information that is intended to test your knowledge, for example in a test or competition
      answer a question:

      Only one person answered all three questions correctly.

  2. 2
    [countable] an issue that needs to be discussed and dealt with
    raise a question:

    Recent incidents are bound to raise questions about the level of violence in football.

    address/tackle/resolve a question (=deal with a question):

    His report did not address the question of air warfare.

    vexed question (=a difficult one):

    the vexed question of the national minimum wage

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] a feeling of doubt about something
    question over/as to/about:

    There had been some question as to whether to interview the boy.

    raise questions (=create doubts):

    This information began to raise questions in her mind about Jack’s innocence.

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