verb (used with object), in·ter·ro·gat·ed, in·ter·ro·gat·ing.
  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), in·ter·ro·gat·ed, in·ter·ro·gat·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsin·ter·ro·ga·ble [in-ter-uh-guh-buhl] /ɪnˈtɛr ə gə bəl/, adjectivein·ter·ro·gat·ing·ly, adverbin·ter·ro·gee [in-ter-uh-gee] /ɪnˌtɛr əˈgi/, nounre·in·ter·ro·gate, verb, re·in·ter·ro·gat·ed, re·in·ter·ro·gat·ing.un·in·ter·ro·ga·ble, adjectiveun·in·ter·ro·gat·ed, adjective

Synonyms for interrogate

1. query. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for interrogated

Contemporary Examples of interrogated

Historical Examples of interrogated

  • Hundreds of women must be interrogated, observed and reported upon—and then what?

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • Then they strolled down to the beach and interrogated the sea.

  • And therefore when you are interrogated by me, I would have you imagine that you are interrogated by them.



  • The second accusation he meets by interrogating Meletus, who is present and can be interrogated.



  • The boy showed no embarrassment when interrogated by his parents the next day.


    James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for interrogated


  1. 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 interrogated



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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