investigate

verb
in·​ves·​ti·​gate | \ in-ˈve-stə-ˌgāt How to pronounce investigate (audio) \
investigated; investigating

Definition of investigate

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

Other Words from investigate

investigation \ in-​ˌve-​stə-​ˈgā-​shən How to pronounce investigate (audio) \ noun
investigative \ in-​ˈve-​stə-​ˌgā-​tiv How to pronounce investigate (audio) \ adjective
investigatory \ in-​ˈve-​sti-​gə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce investigate (audio) \ adjective

Examples of investigate in a Sentence

The police are still investigating the murder. The accident was thoroughly investigated. The manager promised to investigate when we pointed out an error on our bill. He was investigated for his involvement in the incident.
Recent Examples on the Web The city’s major crime detectives were continuing to investigate and anyone with information was asked to contact the WPD detective bureau at 203-574-6941 or Crime Stoppers at 203-755-1234. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 8 May 2022 Clarendon police contacted state police to help investigate. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, 8 May 2022 Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies are continuing to investigate the situation. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 8 May 2022 After news of Fahie's arrest broke, a commission established by BVI British governor John Rankin to investigate unrelated claims of corruption released its findings ahead of schedule. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 6 May 2022 Democratic members of Congress called on the Government Accountability Office to investigate BPCIT. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, 6 May 2022 Investors are cautioned to investigate both the background of the person and firm offering the investment and the investment itself. John F. Wasik, Forbes, 6 May 2022 The public outcry led an ad hoc advisory panel to investigate further, and the study was finally terminated in October 1972. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 5 May 2022 After the Anonymous tweet, Nestlé deployed resources to investigate the claims, craft a response and communicate with the public and clients. Nicolle Liu, WSJ, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of investigate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for investigate

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

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The first known use of investigate was in the 15th century

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11 May 2022

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“Investigate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/investigate. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for investigate

investigate

verb
in·​ves·​ti·​gate | \ in-ˈve-stə-ˌgāt How to pronounce investigate (audio) \
investigated; investigating

Kids Definition of investigate

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

Other Words from investigate

investigator \ -​ˌgā-​tər \ noun

investigate

verb
in·​ves·​ti·​gate | \ in-ˈves-tə-ˌgāt How to pronounce investigate (audio) \
investigated; investigating

Legal Definition of investigate

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

Other Words from investigate

investigation \ in-​ˌves-​tə-​ˈgā-​shən How to pronounce investigate (audio) \ noun
investigative \ in-​ˈves-​tə-​ˌgā-​tiv How to pronounce investigate (audio) \ adjective
investigator \ -​ˌgā-​tər How to pronounce investigate (audio) \ noun
investigatory \ in-​ˈves-​tə-​gə-​ˌtōr-​ē How to pronounce investigate (audio) \ adjective

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