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probe

noun

probe

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of probe

  1. 1 to search through or into tabloid reporters who seem determined to probe every detail of the singer's private life Synonyms of probe delve (into), dig (into), examine, inquire (into), investigate, look (into), explore, researchWords Related to probe inspect, sift, study, view; browse, cruise, peruse, scan, skim (through), surf, thumb (through); coinvestigate, reinvestigate

  2. 2 to go into or range over for purposes of discovery probing the depths of the undersea trench Synonyms of probe hunt, explore, prospect, search, skirrWords Related to probe reconnoiter (or reconnoitre), scout; disclose, discover, reveal, unearth; fathom, plumb, sound

Synonym Discussion of probe

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

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