- to examine, study, or inquire into systematically; search or examine into the particulars of; examine in detail.
- to search out and examine the particulars of in an attempt to learn the facts about something hidden, unique, or complex, especially in an attempt to find a motive, cause, or culprit: The police are investigating the murder.
- to make inquiry, examination, or investigation.
Origin of investigate
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Examples from the Web for reinvestigate
She adds, “I say ‘reinvestigate,’ but some were never investigated properly, frankly.”Rapists, Beware: Detroit Prosecutor IDs 21 Attackers in ‘Rape Kit’ Investigation
August 28, 2012
I decided to reinvestigate cases where the pension had been discontinued.
After the lunch hour I was given the address of Mrs. Erikson and told to reinvestigate her case.
It is to be hoped these suggestions will be useful to those intending to reinvestigate the problems raised in this chapter.The History of the European Fauna
R. F. Scharff
- to investigate (a crime, murder, problem, etc) again
- to inquire into (a situation or problem, esp a crime or death) thoroughly; examine systematically, esp in order to discover the truth
C16: from Latin investīgāre to search after, from in- ² + vestīgium track; see vestige
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Word Origin and History for reinvestigate
c.1500, back-formation from investigation, or else from Latin investigatus, past participle of investigare "to trace out, search after" (see investigation). Related: Investigated; investigating.
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