n. pl. que·ries
1. A question; an inquiry.
2. A doubt in the mind; a mental reservation.
3. A notation, usually a question mark, calling attention to an item in order to question its validity or accuracy.
tr.v. que·ried, que·ry·ing, que·ries
1. To express doubt or uncertainty about; question: query someone's motives.
2. To put a question to (a person). See Synonyms at ask.
3. To mark (an item) with a notation in order to question its validity or accuracy.
[Alteration of obsolete quaere, quere, from Latin quaere, sing. imperative of quaerere, to ask, to seek.]
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