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 1950, Cornwell joined the Intelligence Corps of the British Army in Austria, working as a German language interrogator of people who crossed to the West. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "John le Carré, master spy writer, author of 'The Spy Who Came in From the Cold,' dies at 89," 14 Dec. 2020 Kim Sun Young, a former trader in her 50s, said she had been raped by her interrogator at a detention facility, while another police officer assaulted her by touching her body while interrogating her. Paula Hancocks And Jake Kwon, CNN, "North Korean detainees are treated as 'less than animals,' report alleges," 19 Oct. 2020 There, Cara Giaimo explained that the 1920s were the backdrop to some major courtroom drama, like the Scopes Monkey Trial—something that occurred after nearly as much orchestration as an animatronic skeleton interrogator. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Insane Patent of the Week: This Animatronic Skeleton Interrogator from 1930," 1 Oct. 2020 As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ms. Harris will serve as an interrogator for whomever Mr. Trump nominates. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "Joe Biden’s Court Vacancy Plan: More Talk of Health Care and the Pandemic," 19 Sep. 2020 Working for years as a government interrogator, Hamid became estranged from his family, who fled to America. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 1 June 2020 The bill also would have restricted when and how misconduct investigations could take place, such as limiting interviews to one interrogator at a time and requiring that lawyer represent the officer in question. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Biden proposed 'Police Officer's Bill of Rights' two months after Rodney King beating," 3 June 2020 He has been identified by prisoners as an interrogator and torturer. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "The Saudi Sentences in Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Case Are a Mockery of Justice," 23 Dec. 2019 Then the three Palestinians were returned to their Israeli interrogators. Washington Post, "Israel accused of torturing Palestinians after fatal attack," 10 Feb. 2020

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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 17 Jan. 2021.

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