What does investigate mean?

Definitions for investigate
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"


  1. investigateverb

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

  2. investigateverb

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

  3. investigateverb

    To conduct an inquiry or examination.

  4. 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)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    To search out; to find out by rational disquisition.

    Etymology: investigo, Latin.

    Investigate the variety of motions and figures made by the organs for articulation. William Holder, of Speech.

    From the present appearances investigate the powers and forces of nature, and from these account for future observations. George Cheyne, Phil. Princ.


  1. investigate

    Investigate generally refers to conducting a systematic or formal inquiry or examination to uncover facts or information about a certain matter or situation. It can involve in-depth research, analysis or studies, especially in order to discover the truth or to solve a problem. The process often includes the collection and assessment of evidence or data. It is commonly used in various fields such as science, law enforcement, journalism, and academia.

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

  2. Investigateverb

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

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


  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 Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3923

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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. Alexander Vindman:

    I stated to Amb. Sondland that his statements were inappropriate, that the request to investigate Biden and his son had nothing to do with national security.

  2. Paul Zinken/dpa:

    We were all shocked yesterday when we saw it in the news, it shows we had those people on the list, on the screen. We are acting. And so we have to investigate for sure, but I'm not frightened by any coup or something.

  3. Bill Taylor:

    ' The nightmare' is the scenario where President( Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky goes out in public, makes an announcement that he's going to investigate Burisma and the election in 2016, interference in 2016 election, maybe among other things, the nightmare was he would mention those two, take all the heat from that, get himself in big trouble in this country and probably in his country as well, and the security assistance would not be released. That was the nightmare.

  4. Navneet Marwah:

    Prima facie, there seems to be no problem, but we are going to investigate once again. There are a few different angles now.

  5. Hunter Biden:

    Denying Congress the information, which it is constitutionally entitled to, and obstructing its efforts to investigate actions is not the conduct of an American President, it's an abuse of power.

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