[ in-ves-ti-geyt ]
/ 瑟n藞v蓻s t瑟藢ge瑟t /
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verb (used with object), in路ves路ti路gat路ed, in路ves路ti路gat路ing.
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.
verb (used without object), in路ves路ti路gat路ed, in路ves路ti路gat路ing.
to make inquiry, examination, or investigation.
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Origin of investigate

1500鈥10; <Latin invest墨g膩tus, past participle of invest墨g膩re to follow a trail, search out. See in-2, vestige, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for investigate

/ (瑟n藞v蓻st瑟藢伞e瑟t) /

to inquire into (a situation or problem, esp a crime or death) thoroughly; examine systematically, esp in order to discover the truth

Derived forms of investigate

investigable, adjectiveinvestigative or investigatory, adjective

Word Origin for investigate

C16: from Latin invest墨g膩re to search after, from in- 虏 + vest墨gium track; see vestige
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