investigate

[in-ves-ti-geyt]

verb (used with object), in·ves·ti·gat·ed, in·ves·ti·gat·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·ves·ti·gat·ed, in·ves·ti·gat·ing.

to make inquiry, examination, or investigation.

Nearby words

  1. invertin,
  2. invertor,
  3. invest,
  4. investable,
  5. investigable,
  6. investigation,
  7. investigative,
  8. investigative new drug,
  9. investigator,
  10. investigatory

Origin of investigate

1500–10; < Latin investīgātus, past participle of investīgāre to follow a trail, search out. See in-2, vestige, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for investigator

investigator

noun

a person who investigates, such as a private detective

investigate

verb

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

Word Origin for investigate

C16: from Latin investīgāre to search after, from in- ² + vestīgium track; see vestige

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Word Origin and History for investigator
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