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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