question vs ask :

question or ask

When you question someone, you may ask a series of questions trying to arrive at the truth: ”The police questioned Tom for five hours before he admitted to having stolen the pig.” “Question” can also mean “challenge”: “His mother questioned Timmy’s claim that the cat had eaten all the chocolate chip cookies.” But if you are simply asking a question to get a bit of information, it is not appropriate to say “I questioned whether he had brought the anchovies” when what you really mean is “I asked whether he had brought the anchovies.”

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Definitions

  • n  an instance of questioning
    there was a question about my training
  • n  the subject matter at issue
    the question of disease merits serious discussion
  • n  a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply
    he asked a direct question
  • n  uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something
    there is no question about the validity of the enterprise
  • n  a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote
    she called for the question
  • n  an informal reference to a marriage proposal
    he was ready to pop the question
  • v  challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of
    We must question your judgment in this matter
  • v  pose a series of questions to
    The suspect was questioned by the police
    We questioned the survivor about the details of the explosion
  • v  pose a question
  • v  conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting
  • v  place in doubt or express doubtful speculation

  • v  inquire about
    I asked about their special today
    He had to ask directions several times
  • v  make a request or demand for something to somebody
    She asked him for a loan
  • v  direct or put; seek an answer to
    ask a question
  • v  consider obligatory; request and expect
    Aren't we asking too much of these children?
  • v  address a question to and expect an answer from
    The children asked me about their dead grandmother
  • v  require as useful, just, or proper
    This job asks a lot of patience and skill
  • v  require or ask for as a price or condition
    He is asking $200 for the table
    The kidnappers are asking a million dollars in return for the release of their hostage
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