interrogate

verb
in·​ter·​ro·​gate | \ in-ˈter-ə-ˌgāt How to pronounce interrogate (audio) , -ˈte-rə-\
interrogated; interrogating

Definition of interrogate

transitive verb

1 : to question formally and systematically
2 : to give or send out a signal to (a device, such as a transponder) for triggering an appropriate response

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Other Words from interrogate

interrogatee \ in-​ˌter-​ə-​(ˌ)gā-​ˈtē How to pronounce interrogatee (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for interrogate

Synonyms

ask, catechize, grill, inquire (of), query, question, quiz

Antonyms

answer, reply, respond

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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

Examples of interrogate in a Sentence

interrogate a prisoner of war interrogated him about where he'd gone the night before

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She is then interrogated by every member of the committee, starting with the chair. Fox News, "Kennedy: Kavanaugh is firm that allegation didn't happen," 18 Sep. 2018 As soon as the bus stopped, the local police came to interrogate my mother. Kanyinsola Oye, Teen Vogue, "A Love Letter to My Immigrant Mother, From Her Activist Daughter," 29 Mar. 2019 At first the Estonian government rejected the request, but after a second appeal, the trio was interrogated in the presence of US lawyers. Toivo Tänavsuu, Ars Technica, "“How can they be so good?”: The strange story of Skype," 3 Sep. 2018 Everyone who has issues with us should not be interrogating us about our lives. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Janet Mock on Making History With Pose," 4 June 2018 Josie also becomes the latest student to have a seizure, while being interrogated by Sheriff Minetta at school, which may or may not suggest that Minetta is one of the Gargoyle King's pawns. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Has Some Very Bad News for Varchie Fans," 29 Nov. 2018 The pilots that shot him down near the Yalu River indicated that his plane landed gently into the water that he was captured, taken prisoner and interrogated by a colonel Kosodov (Ph) and sent to Monino Air Base in Russia. Fox News, "Missouri Governor Mike Parson addresses tragic boat accident," 21 July 2018 Those interrogated by the tribunal deny this but say some U.S. and Colombian officials were aware of what was happening. Ethan Bronner, Bloomberg.com, "Inside the Thwarted Venezuelan Military Coup," 28 June 2018 Juvenile public defender Jenny Egan recently urged the school board to use this opportunity to craft a Miranda warning that includes developmentally appropriate language more easily understood by children being interrogated. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Coalition pushes for Baltimore school police to adopt more youth-friendly Miranda warning," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of interrogate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for interrogate

Latin interrogatus, past participle of interrogare, from inter- + rogare to ask — more at right

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interrogate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of interrogate

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

interrogate

verb
in·​ter·​ro·​gate | \ in-ˈter-ə-ˌgāt How to pronounce interrogate (audio) \
interrogated; interrogating

Kids Definition of interrogate

: to question thoroughly Police interrogated a suspect.

interrogate

transitive verb
in·​ter·​ro·​gate | \ in-ˈter-ə-ˌgāt How to pronounce interrogate (audio) \
interrogated; interrogating

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

Note: 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.

Other Words from interrogate

interrogation \ in-​ˌter-​ə-​ˈgā-​shən How to pronounce interrogation (audio) \ noun
interrogator \ in-​ˈter-​ə-​ˌgā-​tər How to pronounce interrogator (audio) \ noun

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