in·​ter·​ro·​ga·​tor | \ in-ˈter-ə-ˌgā-tər How to pronounce interrogator (audio) , -ˈte-rə- \

Definition of interrogator

1 : one that interrogates
2 : a radio transmitter and receiver for sending out a signal that triggers a transponder and for receiving and displaying the reply

Examples of interrogator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a slow and measured movie that's both brutal and bleak, Isaac shines as an ace gambler and former interrogator named William Tell, who spent nearly 10 years in military jail. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2021 The corpse of Jameh’s lead interrogator was thrown off a building, then dragged through the streets. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Oscar Isaac is an ​​Abu Ghraib interrogator turned professional card player, Tiffany Haddish is the mysterious woman who stakes him, and Willem Dafoe looks nefarious in Paul Schrader’s lean, mean follow-up to First Reformed. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 1 Sep. 2021 The recordings included excerpts from his eight-hour interrogation, which shows Ramos initially unresponsive to questions but later joking with an interrogator about an erroneous news report. Brian Witte, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 Isaac stars as William, a military interrogator who learned to count cards during a prison stint. Keith Phipps, Rolling Stone, 30 Aug. 2021 Oscar Isaac in the tortured male protagonist role à la Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, playing an ex-military interrogator turned gambler haunted by his past, with Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan and Willem Dafoe supporting. Vogue, 1 Aug. 2021 The interrogator’s words came up against human flesh. Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2021 Nick got into the business as an interrogator during the war, and the pair still work with the DA when called upon to pry information out of the recollections of suspects and witnesses. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 20 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of interrogator

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Interrogator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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