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query (n.)

15世纪30年代, quaere “一个问题”, 来自拉丁文 quaere “问, 询问”, “多用作旁注或备忘录, 表示问题或疑问, 因而被当作名词” [《世纪词典》], 第二人称单数主语 quaerere “寻找, 寻找; 努力, 努力, 努力获得; 要求, 要求, 要求;” 形象地说是“在精神上寻求, 寻求学习, 进行询问”, 可能最终来自PIE词根 *kwo-, 干系代词和疑问代词. 17世纪受 inquiry 的影响, 拼写英文或有所改变. 比较 quest.

Query stands for a question asked without force, a point about which one would like to be informed : the word is used with all degrees of weakness down to the mere expression of a doubt; as, I raised a query as to the strength of the bridge. [Century Dictionary]

query (v.)

“质疑, 提出问题; 表示怀疑”, 1650年代, 来自 query (n.). 不及物意义是到1680年代. 相关链接: Queried; querying.

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Definitions of query from WordNet
1
query (v.)
pose a question;
Synonyms: question
2
query (n.)
an instance of questioning;
From wordnet.princeton.edu