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ɪnˈvɛs tɪˌgeɪtin·ves·ti·gate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. investigate, look intoverb

    investigate scientifically

    "Let's investigate the syntax of Chinese"

  2. investigate, inquire, enquireverb

    conduct an inquiry or investigation of

    "The district attorney's office investigated reports of possible irregularities"; "inquire into the disappearance of the rich old lady"

Wiktionary

  1. investigateverb

    To inquire into or study in order to ascertain facts or information.

    Etymology: Recorded since circa 1510, a back-formation from investigation, from 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)

  2. investigateverb

    To examine, look into, or scrutinize in order to discover something hidden or secret.

    Etymology: Recorded since circa 1510, a back-formation from investigation, from 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)

  3. investigateverb

    To conduct an inquiry or examination.

    Etymology: Recorded since circa 1510, a back-formation from investigation, from 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)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Investigateverb

    to follow up step by step by patient inquiry or observation; to trace or track mentally; to search into; to inquire and examine into with care and accuracy; to find out by careful inquisition; as, to investigate the causes of natural phenomena

    Etymology: [L. investigatus, p. p. of investigare to investigate; pref. in- in + vestigare to track, trace. See Vestige.]

  2. Investigateverb

    to pursue a course of investigation and study; to make investigation

    Etymology: [L. investigatus, p. p. of investigare to investigate; pref. in- in + vestigare to track, trace. See Vestige.]

Freebase

  1. Investigate

    Investigate is a current affairs magazine published in New Zealand. It has a conservative Christian editorial standpoint and has published a number of controversial articles. Many of the more notable articles have been critical of policies and members of the centre-left Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand which governed from December 1999 until November 2008. It is edited by Ian Wishart. New New Zealand First MP Richard Prosser used to write a column called Eyes Right in the magazine, and his book Uncommon Dissent has been heavily promoted by the group.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Investigate

    in-vest′i-gāt, v.t. to search into: to inquire into with care and accuracy.—adj. Invest′igable, able to be investigated.—n. Investigā′tion, act of examining into: research: study.—adjs. Invest′igātive, Invest′igātory, promoting or given to investigation.—n. Invest′igātor, one who investigates. [L. investigāre, -ātumin, in, vestigāre, to track.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'investigate' in Verbs Frequency: #371

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of investigate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of investigate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of investigate in a Sentence

  1. Mitt Romney:

    When the only American citizen President Trump singles out for China's investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the Democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated, by all appearances, the president's brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling.

  2. William Osler:

    Study until twenty five, investigate until forty, profession until sixty, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance.

  3. Zhanna Nemtsova:

    The Russian authorities do not want to investigate this case, these people (in Chechnya) receive cover up. We cannot proceed with the investigation if we receive such obstacles.

  4. Frank Milstead:

    Are there others out there? Are there copycats? That is possible, we will continue to investigate.

  5. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy:

    We can't be commanded to do anything. We are an independent country, we are open, we are ready to investigate (but) it has nothing to do with me. Our independent law enforcement agencies are ready to investigate any case in which the law was broken.

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