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Definition of investigate

Etymology

    Recorded since circa 1510, a back-formation from investigation, from Latin investigatio "a searching into", from investigatus, the past participle of investigare, itself from in- "in(to)" + vestigare "to track, trace" (from vestigium "footprint, track", of unknown origin)

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ɪnˈves.tɪ.ɡeɪt/, SAMPA: /In"vEs.tI.gEIt/
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Verb

investigate (third-person singular simple present investigates, present participle investigating, simple past and past participle investigated)

  1. (transitive) To inquire into or study in order to ascertain facts or information.
  2. (transitive) To examine, look into, or scrutinize in order to discover something hidden or secret.
  3. (intransitive) To conduct an inquiry or examination.

    * 1903, Jack London, "The Shadow and the Flash,"
    "Why don't you investigate?" he demanded. And investigate I did.

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