investigate

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

Definition of investigate

investigated; investigating
transitive verb
:to observe or study by close examination and systematic inquiry
intransitive verb
:to make a systematic examination; especially :to conduct an official inquiry

investigation

play \in-ˌve-stə-ˈgā-shən\ noun

investigative

play \in-ˈve-stə-ˌgā-tiv\ adjective

investigator

play \in-ˈve-stə-ˌgā-tər\ noun

investigatory

play \in-ˈve-sti-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.

Recent Examples of investigate from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of investigate

Latin investigatus, past participle of investigare to track, investigate, from in- + vestigium footprint, track

investigate Synonyms

Synonyms
delve (into), dig (into), examine, inquire (into), explore, look (into), probe, research
Related Words
inspect, sift, study, view; browse, cruise, peruse, scan, skim (through), surf, thumb (through); coinvestigate, reinvestigate


INVESTIGATE Defined for English Language Learners

investigate

verb

Definition of investigate for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


INVESTIGATE Defined for Kids

investigate

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

Definition of investigate for Students

investigated; investigating
:to study by close examination and questioning
  • Police are investigating the crime.

investigator

\-ˌgā-tər\ noun

Law Dictionary

investigate

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

legal Definition of investigate

investigated; investigating
transitive verb
: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
intransitive verb
:to make a systematic examination; especially :to conduct an official inquiry

investigation

play \in-ˌves-tə-ˈgā-shən\ noun

investigative

play \in-ˈves-tə-ˌgā-tiv\ adjective

investigator

play \-ˌgā-tər\ noun

investigatory

play \in-ˈves-tə-gə-ˌtōr-ē\ adjective


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