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verb (used with object), in·ter·ro·gat·ed, in·ter·ro·gat·ing.
  1. to ask questions of (a person), sometimes to seek answers or information that the person questioned considers personal or secret.
  2. to examine by questions; question formally: The police captain interrogated the suspect.
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verb (used without object), in·ter·ro·gat·ed, in·ter·ro·gat·ing.
  1. to ask questions, especially formally or officially: the right to interrogate.
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Origin of interrogate

1475–85; < Latin interrogātus past participle of interrogāre to question, examine, equivalent to inter- inter- + rogā(re) to ask + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsin·ter·ro·ga·ble [in-ter-uh-guh-buhl] /ɪnˈtɛr ə gə bəl/, adjectivein·ter·ro·gat·ing·ly, adverbin·ter·ro·gee [in-ter-uh-gee] /ɪnˌtɛr əˈgi/, nounre·in·ter·ro·gate, verb, re·in·ter·ro·gat·ed, re·in·ter·ro·gat·ing.un·in·ter·ro·ga·ble, adjectiveun·in·ter·ro·gat·ed, adjective


1. query.
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British Dictionary definitions for uninterrogated


  1. to ask questions (of), esp to question (a witness in court, spy, etc) closely
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Derived Formsinterrogatingly, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin interrogāre to question, examine, from rogāre to ask
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Word Origin and History for uninterrogated



late 15c., a back-formation from interrogation, or else from Latin interrogatus, past participle of interrogare "to ask, question" (see interrogation). Related: Interrogated; interrogating.

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