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question

noun     /ˈkwestʃən/
[C] a sentence or phrase that asks for information : ask (sb) a question Can I ask a question, Gail?answer a question Not one assistant correctly answered all the questions they were asked .have a question Does anybody have any questions?
[C] a subject or problem : We return to the question of whether pay for performance really motivates employees . One very difficult question is how to charge market prices for energy .
[C, U] a feeling of doubt about something: There is some question as to what is the best strategy . The ethics of some of his business deals are open to question.raise questions about sth His evidence raised questions about the credibility of a key eyewitness . → See also scaled question
bring/call sth into question to express doubt about something: If somebody calls something into question, then let's stop and review it. to make people feel doubt about something: The chief executive's popularity has sunk to levels that bring his legitimacy into question.
in question that is being discussed : For shareholders of the company in question the idea of a takeover must be appealing . if something is in question, no-one knows what is going to happen to it: The automaker's future remains in question.
out of the question if something is out of the question, it definitely will not or cannot happen : A pay rise is out of the question.
(Definition of question noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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