Thesaurus

probe

noun

Synonyms of probe

(Entry 1 of 2)

probe

verb

Synonyms of probe (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to search through or into
  • tabloid reporters who seem determined to probe every detail of the singer's private life

Synonyms for probe

Words Related to probe

Phrases Synonymous with probe

2 to go into or range over for purposes of discovery
  • probing the depths of the undersea trench

Synonyms for probe

Words Related to probe

See the Dictionary Definition 

Choose the Right Synonym for probe

Verb

enter, penetrate, pierce, probe mean to make way into something. enter is the most general of these and may imply either going in or forcing a way in. entered the city in triumph penetrate carries a strong implication of an impelling force or compelling power that achieves entrance. the enemy penetrated the fortress pierce means an entering or cutting through with a sharp pointed instrument. pierced the boil with a lancet probe implies penetration to investigate or explore something hidden from sight or knowledge. probed the depths of the sea

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about probe

Time Traveler for probe

Time Traveler

The first known use of probe was circa 1543

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Probe.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/probe. Accessed 8 December 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on probe

Dictionary: Definition of probe

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with probe

Medical Dictionary: Definition of probe

Spanish Central: Translation of probe

Nglish: Translation of probe for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of probe for Arabic Speakers

Comments on probe

What made you want to look up probe? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to constrict the range or activity of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!