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
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. 2019

Examples from the Web for interrogating

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



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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