verb (used with object), in·ves·ti·gat·ed, in·ves·ti·gat·ing.
verb (used without object), in·ves·ti·gat·ed, in·ves·ti·gat·ing.
Origin of investigate
Examples from the Web for investigatory
He became acutely aware of his disfigured face, and felt his swelling bruises with a limp, investigatory hand.
They glittered then with a strange cold light, those variegated orbs, but their ordinary expression was earnest and investigatory.Miriam Monfort|Catherine A. Warfield
Suddenly he started out of a vague reverie and pressed an investigatory hand to his side.
An inquiry into—ah—certain facets of past investigatory methods.We're Friends, Now|Henry Hasse
The investigatory expedition to the ominous red spot of the giant of the solar system was on.The Red Hell of Jupiter|Paul Ernst
British Dictionary definitions for investigatory
Word Origin for investigate
Word Origin and History for investigatory
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.