Simple Definition of interrogate
: to ask (someone) questions in a thorough and often forceful way
Full Definition of interrogate
1 : to question formally and systematically
2 : to give or send out a signal to (as a transponder) for triggering an appropriate response
Examples of interrogate in a sentence
interrogate a prisoner of war
<interrogated him about where he'd gone the night before>
Origin 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, 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
Definition of interrogate for Students
: to question thoroughly <Police interrogated a suspect.>
Legal Definition of interrogate
: 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
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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