- to examine, study, or inquire into systematically; search or examine into the particulars of; examine in detail.
- to search out and examine the particulars of in an attempt to learn the facts about something hidden, unique, or complex, especially in an attempt to find a motive, cause, or culprit: The police are investigating the murder.
- to make inquiry, examination, or investigation.
Origin of investigate
Related Wordssearch, inspect, consider, explore, study, probe, question, scrutinize, interrogate, examine, review, prospect, spy, scout, tap, frisk, inquire, dig, research, read
Examples from the Web for investigate
When there were disputes between students, Mecallari would leave one party with Ramos while he went to investigate.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
Starr stresses that universities are required under Title IX to investigate and intervene in sexual assault cases.Is Columbia Failing Campus Rape Victims?
November 6, 2014
The campaign also said that they would be asking state and federal authorities to investigate.Grimes Campaign “Exploring Legal Options” Against McConnell
October 31, 2014
The National Transportation Safety Board also will investigate the crash, a spokesman told The Daily Beast.SpaceShipTwo Flew on Untested Rocket
Dave Majumdar, Clive Irving
October 31, 2014
It had been a headline case, and a task force of over a hundred detectives had been assigned to investigate.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
He gave a twitch of his fingers upon the reins, and turned from the trail to investigate.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
He resolved to investigate the subject some time when he had leisure.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
In the meanwhile, I am going to investigate that old ark myself.
And while they are away, I'll investigate the Oak Parlour myself.
It is this phase of primitive society that we have to investigate.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
- to inquire into (a situation or problem, esp a crime or death) thoroughly; examine systematically, esp in order to discover the truth
Word Origin and History for investigate
c.1500, back-formation from investigation, or else from Latin investigatus, past participle of investigare "to trace out, search after" (see investigation). Related: Investigated; investigating.