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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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of investigate

investigated

investigating

  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

investigation

play \-ˌves-tə-ˈgā-shən\ noun

investigative

play \-ˈves-tə-ˌgā-tiv\ adjective

investigator

play \-ˌgā-tər\ noun

investigatory

play \-ˈves-ti-gə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of investigate in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

investigate

play
verb in·ves·ti·gate \in-ˈve-stə-ˌgāt\

Definition of investigate for Students

investigated

investigating

  1. :  to study by close examination and questioning <Police are investigating the crime.>

investigator

\-ˌgā-tər\ noun



Law Dictionary

investigate

play
verb in·ves·ti·gate \in-ˈves-tə-ˌgāt\

Legal Definition of investigate

investigated

investigating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to observe or study by close examination and systematic inquiry; specifically :  to make (a criminal suspect) the subject of inquiry and study for the purpose of establishing probable cause
  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to make a systematic examination; especially :  to conduct an official inquiry

investigation

\in-ˌves-tə-ˈgā-shən\ play noun

investigative

\in-ˈves-tə-ˌgā-tiv\ play adjective

investigator

\-ˌgā-tər\ play noun

investigatory

\in-ˈves-tə-gə-ˌtōr-ē\ play adjective




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