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verb [transitive] question pronunciation in British English /ˈkwestʃ(ə)n/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlequestioning
past tensequestioned
past participlequestioned
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  1. 1
    if the police question someone, they ask them questions to find out what they know about a crime

    A man is being questioned by detectives in connection with the murder of a young girl.

    1. a.
      to ask someone questions formally or officially

      Witnesses are reminded of their duty to tell the truth when questioned in court.

      A hundred employers were questioned in the survey.

    2. b.
      to ask someone a question to find out what they know about something
  2. 2
    to have or express doubts about something

    Some historians question the validity of oral data.

    question the wisdom/logic/merit of something:

    She was beginning to question the wisdom of leaving so quickly.

    question someone’s motives:

    I don’t think it’s fair to question his motives just because he disagrees with you.


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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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