- 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 interrogatinggrill, investigate, query, examine, quiz, inquire, pump, question, roast, catechize, cross-examine, cross-question
Examples from the Web for interrogating
Contemporary Examples of interrogating
And few people, myself included, look forward to interrogating their beliefs that deeply.The Imaginary 'Moynihan Report'
March 14, 2014
She said Shon had “freaked out” after I left, interrogating her about who I was dating.Busting a Cyberstalker: How Carla Franklin Fought Back—and Triumphed
October 12, 2012
He immediately went into reaction mode, and I realized that I was interrogating him the way Elizabeth did for years.
He was overwhelmed in a prison revolt while interrogating prisoners.The First American: Excerpt from Henry Crumpton’s ‘The Art of Intelligence’
Henry A. Crumpton
May 14, 2012
Historical Examples of interrogating
The second accusation he meets by interrogating Meletus, who is present and can be interrogated.Apology
This is the case of all statements obtained by interrogating witnesses.Introduction to the Study of History
Charles V. Langlois
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!"Fox's Book of Martyrs
- to ask questions (of), esp to question (a witness in court, spy, etc) closely
Word Origin 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.