What does investigate mean?

Definitions for investigate
ɪnˈvɛs tɪˌgeɪtin·ves·ti·gate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. investigate, look into(verb)

    investigate scientifically

    "Let's investigate the syntax of Chinese"

  2. investigate, inquire, enquire(verb)

    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. investigate(Verb)

    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. investigate(Verb)

    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. investigate(Verb)

    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. Investigate(verb)

    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. Investigate(verb)

    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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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'investigate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3923

  2. Verbs Frequency

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

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How to say investigate in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Linda Vester:

    I am speaking out now because NBC has failed to hire outside counsel to investigate a genuine, long-standing problem of sexual misconduct in the news division.

  2. Julian Chan:

    It would either be possible to edit [Josh] out of the show or perhaps even have the show investigate the claims in the interest of ‘justice,’ as I imagine some people might be very interested in that.

  3. Dilma Rousseff:

    We need to know how to investigate and punish, without hurting Petrobras, we have to punish people, not destroy companies.

  4. Alexander Vindman:

    It is improper for the President of Alexander Vindman to demand a foreign government investigate a Alexander Vindman citizen and political opponent.

  5. Vasily Ryabinin:

    It was such an obvious, childish lie, I couldn't wrap my head around it, obviously I thought we must at least investigate the lake but my [ agency ] had a different view, which corresponded with the one of the [ Nornickel ] plant — that the spill did not spread further that the river.

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