investigation

[ in-ves-ti-gey-shuhn ]
/ ɪnˌvɛs tɪˈgeɪ ʃən /

noun

the act or process of investigating or the condition of being investigated.
a searching inquiry for ascertaining facts; detailed or careful examination.

Origin of investigation

1400–50; late Middle English investigacio(u)n < Latin investīgātiōn- (stem of investīgātiō). See investigate, -ion

SYNONYMS FOR investigation

1, 2 scrutiny, exploration. Investigation, examination, inquiry, research express the idea of an active effort to find out something. An investigation is a systematic, minute, and thorough attempt to learn the facts about something complex or hidden; it is often formal and official: an investigation of a bank failure. An examination is an orderly attempt to obtain information about or to make a test of something, often something presented for observation: a physical examination. An inquiry is an investigation made by asking questions rather than by inspection, or by study of available evidence: an inquiry into a proposed bond issue. Research is careful and sustained investigation.

Related forms

in·ves·ti·ga·tion·al, adjectivepre·in·ves·ti·ga·tion, nounre·in·ves·ti·ga·tion, noun
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investigation

/ (ɪnˌvɛstɪˈɡeɪʃən) /

noun

the act or process of investigating; a careful search or examination in order to discover facts, etc

Derived Forms

investigational, adjective
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