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.
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Origin of investigate
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to inquire into (a situation or problem, esp a crime or death) thoroughly; examine systematically, esp in order to discover the truth
Word Origin for investigate
C16: from Latin investīgāre to search after, from in- ² + vestīgium track; see vestige
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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.
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