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interrogate

[in-ter-uh-geyt] /ɪnˈtɛr əˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), interrogated, interrogating.
1.
to ask questions of (a person), sometimes to seek answers or information that the person questioned considers personal or secret.
2.
to examine by questions; question formally:
The police captain interrogated the suspect.
verb (used without object), interrogated, interrogating.
3.
to ask questions, especially formally or officially:
the right to interrogate.
Origin of interrogate
1475-1485
1475-85; < Latin interrogātus past participle of interrogāre to question, examine, equivalent to inter- inter- + rogā(re) to ask + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
interrogable
[in-ter-uh-guh-buh l] /ɪnˈtɛr ə gə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
interrogatingly, adverb
interrogee
[in-ter-uh-gee] /ɪnˌtɛr əˈgi/ (Show IPA),
noun
reinterrogate, verb, reinterrogated, reinterrogating.
uninterrogable, adjective
uninterrogated, adjective
Synonyms
1. query.
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  • The second accusation he meets by interrogating Meletus, who is present and can be interrogated.

    Apology Plato
  • This is the case of all statements obtained by interrogating witnesses.

  • The detective did not appear to have heard the protest of the man he was interrogating.

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  • I had no difficulty in interrogating the dame du caf about my new acquaintance.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • The interrogating miscreant on this said, "Why, thy father is a heretic!"

  • Though joyed at what I had heard, I refrained from interrogating them.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for interrogating

interrogate

/ɪnˈtɛrəˌɡeɪt/
verb
1.
to ask questions (of), esp to question (a witness in court, spy, etc) closely
Derived Forms
interrogatingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin interrogāre to question, examine, from rogāre to ask
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Word Origin and History for interrogating

interrogate

v.

late 15c., a back-formation from interrogation, or else from Latin interrogatus, past participle of interrogare "to ask, question" (see interrogation). Related: Interrogated; interrogating.

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