- 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 Words for investigativeanalytical, impertinent, inquiring, inquisitive, interested, interfering, intrusive, meddlesome, meddling, nosy, prurient, prying, puzzled, questioning, searching, snoopy, examining, peeping, peering, scrutinizing
Examples from the Web for investigative
Contemporary Examples of investigative
E.J. Graff, senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, is the author of What Is Marriage For?The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
December 30, 2014
Attkisson, meanwhile, has been fighting the same uphill battle that other investigative reporters are waging.Was Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Too Right-Wing for CBS?
October 29, 2014
ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom.At This Creepy Libertarian Charter School, Kids Must Swear ‘to Be Obedient to Those in Authority’
October 15, 2014
The police department, despite public belief, is substantially upping patrol and investigative measures.Sororities Finally Take Back the Night
September 12, 2014
Garcia-Roberts, a veteran of alternative weeklies, is currently an investigative reporter for the Long Island newspaper Newsday.In Defense of A-Roid
September 5, 2014
Historical Examples of investigative
This should be done inductively and in an investigative spirit.Rural Life and the Rural School
We need to be investigative, hence the instinct of curiosity.The Mind and Its Education
George Herbert Betts
Getting upon his feet, he applied an investigative eye to the crack.The Real Man
It was known around the station that he was exceptionally good with investigative work and just general police work.Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
The other class — the Searching or Investigative — have little else in common except the absence of this property.
- to inquire into (a situation or problem, esp a crime or death) thoroughly; examine systematically, esp in order to discover the truth
Word Origin for investigate
Word Origin and History for investigative
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.