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interrogate

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verb in·ter·ro·gate \in-ˈter-ə-ˌgāt, -ˈte-rə-\

Simple Definition of interrogate

  • : to ask (someone) questions in a thorough and often forceful way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of interrogate

interrogated

interrogating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to question formally and systematically

  3. 2 :  to give or send out a signal to (as a transponder) for triggering an appropriate response

interrogatee

play \-ˌter-ə-(ˌ)gā-ˈtē\ noun

interrogation

play \-ˌter-ə-ˈgā-shən\ noun

interrogational

play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of interrogate in a sentence

  1. interrogate a prisoner of war

  2. <interrogated him about where he'd gone the night before>



Origin and Etymology of interrogate

Latin interrogatus, past participle of interrogare, from inter- + rogare to ask — more at right


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of interrogate

ask, question, interrogate, query, inquire mean to address a person in order to gain information. ask implies no more than the putting of a question <ask for directions>. question usually suggests the asking of series of questions <questioned them about every detail of the trip>. interrogate suggests formal or official systematic questioning <the prosecutor interrogated the witness all day>. query implies a desire for authoritative information or confirmation <queried a librarian about the book>. inquire implies a searching for facts or for truth often specifically by asking questions <began to inquire of friends and teachers what career she should pursue>.

ask, request, solicit mean to seek to obtain by making one's wants known. ask implies no more than the statement of the desire <ask a favor of a friend>. request implies greater formality and courtesy <requests the pleasure of your company>. solicit suggests a calling attention to one's wants or desires by public announcement or advertisement <a letter soliciting information>.

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INTERROGATE Defined for Kids

interrogate

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verb in·ter·ro·gate \in-ˈter-ə-ˌgāt\

Definition of interrogate for Students

interrogated

interrogating

  1. :  to question thoroughly <Police interrogated a suspect.>




Law Dictionary

interrogate

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transitive verb in·ter·ro·gate \in-ˈter-ə-ˌgāt\

Legal Definition of interrogate

interrogated

interrogating

  1. :  to question formally and systematically; especially :  to gather information from (a suspect) by means that are reasonably likely to elicit incriminating responses — see also miranda rights

interrogation

\in-ˌter-ə-ˈgā-shən\ play noun

interrogator

\in-ˈter-ə-ˌgā-tər\ play noun


Additional Notes on interrogate

Under Rhode Island v. Innis, 446 U.S. 291 (1980), interrogating includes not just express questioning, but also any words or actions that the police should know are reasonably likely to elicit an incriminating response. Asking questions that are normally asked in the course of arrest or booking (such as questions about name or age) is not considered interrogation.



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