verb (used with object), probed, prob·ing.
verb (used without object), probed, prob·ing.
Origin of probe
Synonyms for probe
Related Words for probedinquest, study, scrutiny, exploration, examination, inquiry, research, inquire, verify, dig, scrutinize, interrogate, examine, poke, sift, penetrate, probing, detection, quest, inquisition
Examples from the Web for probed
Contemporary Examples of probed
Next Tomasky tells us that the Benghazi attack has been probed with two Senate reports and eight House reports.Why Democrats Are So Scared of Benghazi
May 8, 2014
Sonny probed with his big, blunt fingers at a slender wrist: it was cold.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
Researchers have probed similar pressure points in the Hispanic community, among Muslims, and across the political spectrum.Asian-Americans Reject ‘Good’ News in Pew Report
June 26, 2012
Historical Examples of probed
She could not parry the question as she had done before, and it probed depths.Viviette
William J. Locke
The parson was acutely moved for the anguish he had not probed.Meadow Grass
The souls of the principal characters are probed to their lowest depths.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Lester could only guess at her meaning, and would not have probed her for the world.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
I had probed the hearts of the ruffians, and I did not need Antoinette's warning.The Prisoner of Zenda
Word Origin for probe
early 15c., "instrument for exploring wounds, etc.," also "an examination," from Medieval Latin proba "examination," in Late Latin "a test, proof," from Latin probare (see prove). Meaning "act of probing" is 1890, from the verb; figurative sense of "penetrating investigation" is from 1903. Meaning "small, unmanned exploratory craft" is attested from 1953.
1640s, originally figurative; "to search thoroughly, interrogate;" from probe (n.) and partly from Latin probare. Literal sense of "to examine with a probe" is from 1680s. Related: Probed; probing; probingly.