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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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Examples from the web for interrogate
  • At one time he ordered the defense to interrogate veniremen in groups.
  • We learn to interrogate arguments and to criticize the work of those who have explored a body of research before us.
  • He began to alternately yell at and interrogate the driver.
  • Yes, you travel to new locations, then interrogate suspects.
  • In some ways, perhaps, it is best not to interrogate a legend too closely.
  • Police can also continue to interrogate suspects during that time.
  • Concerned citizens interrogate their representatives on the issues of the day, every day.
  • The police used information from the computers to track down and interrogate some of the group's supporters.
  • Likewise, they can interrogate a suspect, but not beat him with rubber hoses.
  • There is a certain drudgery to trying to interrogate the unwilling, and that accounts for these hearings' dullness.
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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