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Dictionary Definition

query n : an instance of questioning; "there was a question about my training"; "we made inquiries of all those who were present" [syn: question, inquiry, enquiry, interrogation] [ant: answer] v : pose a question [syn: question] [also: queried]

User Contributed Dictionary



An anglicisation of quere, an obsolete variant form of quaere.



  1. A question or inquiry.
    The teacher answered the student's query concerning biosynthesis.
  2. computing databases A set of instructions passed to a database.
    The database admin switched on query logging for debugging purposes.

Derived terms


question or inquiry
  • Croatian: upit
  • Dutch: vraag, verzoek
computing: set of instructions passed to a database
  • Croatian: upit
  • Czech: dotaz
  • Dutch: verzoek


  1. To ask, inquire.
  2. To ask a question.
  3. To question or call into doubt.
  4. computing databases To pass a query to a database to retrieve information.


  • Dutch: vragen, bevragen
ask a question
  • Dutch: (zich) informeren
  • Dutch: in vraag stellen, betwijfelen
computing: search database
  • Dutch: bevragen, queryen

Extensive Definition

In general, a query is a form of questioning, in a line of inquiry. A query may also refer to:
  • The Queries, a set of 31 questions outlined by Isaac Newton beginning in 1704
  • Query (complexity), a mapping from structures of one vocabulary to structures of another vocabulary
  • Query (Quaker), a question used for reflection and spiritual exercises among members of the Society of Friends
  • Query language, a computer language used to make queries into databases and information systems
  • A precise request for information retrieval with database and information systems
  • Web search query, queries entered by users into web search engines
  • Command-query separation (CQS), a concept in object-oriented programming, especially in the Eiffel programming language
  • jQuery, a lightweight JavaScript library that emphasizes interaction between JavaScript and HTML
query in German: Query
query in Japanese: クエリ

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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