- to ask questions of (a person), sometimes to seek answers or information that the person questioned considers personal or secret.
- to examine by questions; question formally: The police captain interrogated the suspect.
- to ask questions, especially formally or officially: the right to interrogate.
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
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- to ask questions (of), esp to question (a witness in court, spy, etc) closely
C15: from Latin interrogāre to question, examine, from rogāre to ask
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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