interrogate

[ in-ter-uh-geyt ]
/ ɪnˈtɛr əˌgeɪt /

verb (used with object), in·ter·ro·gat·ed, in·ter·ro·gat·ing.

to ask questions of (a person), sometimes to seek answers or information that the person questioned considers personal or secret.
to examine by questions; question formally: The police captain interrogated the suspect.

verb (used without object), in·ter·ro·gat·ed, in·ter·ro·gat·ing.

to ask questions, especially formally or officially: the right to interrogate.

Origin of interrogate

1475–85; < Latin interrogātus past participle of interrogāre to question, examine, equivalent to inter- inter- + rogā(re) to ask + -tus past participle suffix
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interrogate

/ (ɪnˈtɛrəˌɡeɪt) /

verb

to ask questions (of), esp to question (a witness in court, spy, etc) closely
Derived Formsinterrogatingly, adverb

Word Origin for interrogate

C15: from Latin interrogāre to question, examine, from rogāre to ask
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Word Origin and History for interrogate

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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