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investigate

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verb in·ves·ti·gate \in-ˈves-tə-ˌgāt\

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

in·ves·ti·gat·edin·ves·ti·gat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to observe or study by close examination and systematic inquiry

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to make a systematic examination; especially :  to conduct an official inquiry

in·ves·ti·ga·tion play \-ˌves-tə-ˈgā-shən\ noun
in·ves·ti·ga·tive play \-ˈves-tə-ˌgā-tiv\ adjective
in·ves·ti·ga·tor play \-ˌgā-tər\ noun
in·ves·ti·ga·to·ry play \-ˈves-ti-gə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of investigate

  1. The police are still investigating the murder.

  2. The accident was thoroughly investigated.

  3. The manager promised to investigate when we pointed out an error on our bill.

  4. 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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