interrogate

[ in-ter-uh-geyt ]
/ ɪnˈtɛr əˌgeɪt /
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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.

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Origin of interrogate

First recorded in 1475–85; from Latin interrogātus, past participle of interrogāre “to question, examine,” equivalent to inter- “between, among, together” + rogā(re) “to ask” + -tus past participle suffix; see inter-

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British Dictionary definitions for interrogate

interrogate
/ (ɪnˈtɛrəˌɡeɪt) /

verb

to ask questions (of), esp to question (a witness in court, spy, etc) closely

Derived forms of interrogate

interrogatingly, adverb

Word Origin for interrogate

C15: from Latin interrogāre to question, examine, from rogāre to ask
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