investigate

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

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Other Words from investigate

investigation \in-ˌve-stə-ˈgā-shən \ noun
investigative \in-ˈve-stə-ˌgā-tiv \ adjective
investigator \in-ˈve-stə-ˌgā-tər \ noun
investigatory \in-ˈve-sti-gə-ˌtȯr-ē \ 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.
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That allows the institute to investigate only one-third of on-duty firefighter fatalities. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 But consumer groups asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the company’s use of the technology. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Facebook Is Still Abusing Your Privacy," 11 July 2018 The Aurora Police Traffic Division is continuing to investigate the crash. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Man identified who died in Aurora motorcycle crash," 6 July 2018 No further details were available as police continued to investigate, Hilton said. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Five taken to hospital after Elgin collision," 6 July 2018 Meanwhile, in the U.S., regulators are reportedly investigating potential price manipulation at four major cryptocurrency exchanges. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Has Bitcoin Entered the Doom Loop?," 29 June 2018 Which is what two nerdy, concavely skinny guys investigate. Recode Staff, Recode, "The New York Times’ The Daily podcast host Michael Barbaro talks with Kara Swisher," 29 June 2018 Citing the law, a fringe nationalist group asked prosecutors to investigate if Israeli President Reuven Rivlin broke the law during a speech in Poland. Wojciech Moskwa, Bloomberg.com, "Poland Softens Holocaust Law That Caused an International Outcry," 27 June 2018 Both JetBlue and the FAA are currently investigating the situation. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tuesday Was a Crazy Day for Air Travel," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of investigate

circa 1510, 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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investigate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of investigate

: 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

verb
in·ves·ti·gate | \in-ˈve-stə-ˌgāt \
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 \
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 \ noun
investigative \in-ˈves-tə-ˌgā-tiv \ adjective
investigator \-ˌgā-tər \ noun
investigatory \in-ˈves-tə-gə-ˌtōr-ē \ adjective

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