Simple Definition of investigate
: to try to find out the facts about (something, such as a crime or an accident) in order to learn how it happened, who did it, etc.
: to try to get information about (someone who may have done something illegal)
Full Definition of investigate
: to observe or study by close examination and systematic inquiry
: to make a systematic examination; especially : to conduct an official inquiry
Examples of investigate
The police are still investigating the murder.
The accident was thoroughly investigated.
The manager promised to investigate when we pointed out an error on our bill.
He was investigated for his involvement in the incident.
Origin of investigate
Latin investigatus, past participle of investigare to track, investigate, from in- + vestigium footprint, track
First Known Use: circa 1510
Rhymes with investigate
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INVESTIGATE Defined for Kids
Definition of investigate
: to study by close examination and questioning <Police are investigating the crime.>
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