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

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


Full Definition of INTERROGATE

transitive verb
:  to question formally and systematically
:  to give or send out a signal to (as a transponder) for triggering an appropriate response
in·ter·ro·ga·tee \-ˌter-ə-(ˌ)gā-ˈtē\ noun
in·ter·ro·ga·tion \-ˌter-ə-ˈgā-shən\ noun
in·ter·ro·ga·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective


  1. interrogate a prisoner of war
  2. <interrogated him about where he'd gone the night before>


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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INTERROGATED Defined for Kids


verb in·ter·ro·gate \in-ˈter-ə-ˌgāt\

Definition of INTERROGATE for Kids

:  to question thoroughly <Police interrogated a suspect.>


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