- 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.
- to ask questions, especially formally or officially: the right to interrogate.
Origin of interrogate
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Related Words for interrogategrill, investigate, query, examine, quiz, inquire, pump, question, roast, catechize, cross-examine, cross-question
Examples from the Web for interrogate
Contemporary Examples of interrogate
There is no pause to interrogate his own immersive activism.Nigeria’s Larger-Than-Life Nobel Laureate Chronicles a Fascinating Life
August 9, 2014
Taking the kids from the 10-foot-by-15-foot cell one by one, it took the jailers three days to interrogate them all.Abducted, Tortured, Indoctrinated: The Tale of a Teen Who Escaped ISIS
August 4, 2014
They interrogate members of this strange community and discover that many of them might be complicit in a dark conspiracy.‘True Detective,’ Obsessive-Compulsive Noir, and ‘Twin Peaks’
March 14, 2014
I play a Homeland Security agent that gets to interrogate Johnny Depp.Aubrey Plaza on Playing A Zombie in ‘Life After Beth,’ the ‘Daria’ Movie, and More
January 21, 2014
It took her eight days in the hospital to recover enough for the police to be able to interrogate her.A Serial Killer on the Loose in Nazi Berlin
Scott Andrew Selby
January 11, 2014
Historical Examples of interrogate
Simba next called to Mali-ya-bwana to interrogate the other prisoner apart.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
At last Salvat rose, and the presiding judge began to interrogate him.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Let us place them in a class with our previous opponents, and interrogate both of them at once.Sophist
Let us interrogate the great apparition, that shines so peacefully around us.Nature
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Let us interrogate the ones who are here," suggested Lépine.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
- to ask questions (of), esp to question (a witness in court, spy, etc) closely
Word Origin for interrogate
Word Origin and History for interrogate
late 15c., a back-formation from interrogation, or else from Latin interrogatus, past participle of interrogare "to ask, question" (see interrogation). Related: Interrogated; interrogating.