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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

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

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Contemporary Examples of interrogating

Historical Examples of interrogating

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



  • This is the case of all statements obtained by interrogating witnesses.

  • 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!"

British Dictionary definitions for interrogating


  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 interrogating



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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