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[in-ter-uh-geyt] /ɪnˈtɛr əˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), interrogated, interrogating.
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.
verb (used without object), interrogated, interrogating.
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
Related forms
[in-ter-uh-guh-buh l] /ɪnˈtɛr ə gə bəl/ (Show IPA),
interrogatingly, adverb
[in-ter-uh-gee] /ɪnˌtɛr əˈgi/ (Show IPA),
reinterrogate, verb, reinterrogated, reinterrogating.
uninterrogable, adjective
uninterrogated, adjective
1. query. Unabridged
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  • Now the practice of Interrogative Analysis compels such persons to interrogate—to propose questions—to think.

    Assimilative Memory Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
  • Simba next called to Mali-ya-bwana to interrogate the other prisoner apart.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • He had begged his friends, the friars, to obtain an interview with the Syndic of Sand Beda, and interrogate him on the subject.

    The Waters of Edera Louise de la Rame, a.k.a. Ouida
  • Let us interrogate the great apparition, that shines so peacefully around us.

    Nature Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Elspeth Williamson being brought in, and interrogate if she was a witch, she answered, that she would not deny that.

British Dictionary definitions for interrogate


to ask questions (of), esp to question (a witness in court, spy, etc) closely
Derived Forms
interrogatingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin interrogāre to question, examine, from rogāre to ask
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Word Origin and History for interrogate

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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