Definition of Investigate

1. Verb. Investigate scientifically. "The customs agents investigate the bags for drugs "; "Let's investigate the syntax of Chinese"

Exact synonyms: Look Into
Generic synonyms: Analyse, Analyze, Canvas, Canvass, Examine, Study
Specialized synonyms: Explore, Research, Search, Explore, Examine, Probe, Research, Experiment
Derivative terms: Investigating, Investigation, Investigator



2. Verb. Conduct an inquiry or investigation of. "They investigate whether there was a traffic accident"; "Inquire into the disappearance of the rich old lady"

Definition of Investigate

1. v. t. To follow up step by step by patient inquiry or observation; to trace or track mentally; to search into; to inquire and examine into with care and accuracy; to find out by careful inquisition; as, to investigate the causes of natural phenomena.

2. v. i. To pursue a course of investigation and study; to make investigation.

Definition of Investigate

1. Verb. (transitive) To inquire into or study in order to ascertain facts or information. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To examine, look into, or scrutinize in order to discover something hidden or secret. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To conduct an inquiry or examination. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Investigate

1. [v -GATED, -GATING, -GATES]

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Literary usage of Investigate

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1. Journal by New York (State). Legislature. Senate (1921)
"The Assembly returned the concurrent resolution by Mr. Meyer, relative to the appointment of a special joint legislative committee to investigate the ..."

2. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1885)
"BS Report of the Committee to investigate the Affairs and Management of the State Lunatic Asylum at Utica. Made to the Assembly, April 27. 1884. ..."

3. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1885)
"BS Report of the Committee to investigate the Affairs and Management of the State Lunatic Asylum at Utica. Made to the Assembly, April 27, 1884. ..."

4. Old Virginia and Her Neighbours by John Fiske (1900)
"While these things were going on, the king appointed a board of commissioners to investigate the affairs of Virginia, and the spirit in which they were ..."

5. Public Affairs Information Service Bulletin by Public Affairs Information Service (1920)
"Comr. to investigate the Dept. of farms and markets. In the matter of the Investigation into the Department of farms and markets: preliminary report October ..."

6. The Annual Register, Or, A View of the History, Politics, and Literature for by Edmund Burke (1835)
"... Their discharge—Committee appointed to investigate the matter—Result of the ... to investigate the propriety of Repealing the Union—Address to the King, ..."

7. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1910)
"As intimated in my report of the International Seismological Association, a special committee has been appointed to investigate this particular point. ..."

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