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interrogate

[in-ter-uh-geyt] /ɪnˈtɛr əˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), interrogated, interrogating.
1.
to ask questions of (a person), sometimes to seek answers or information that the person questioned considers personal or secret.
2.
to examine by questions; question formally:
The police captain interrogated the suspect.
verb (used without object), interrogated, interrogating.
3.
to ask questions, especially formally or officially:
the right to interrogate.
Origin
1475-1485
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
interrogable
[in-ter-uh-guh-buh l] /ɪnˈtɛr ə gə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
interrogatingly, adverb
interrogee
[in-ter-uh-gee] /ɪnˌtɛr əˈgi/ (Show IPA),
noun
reinterrogate, verb, reinterrogated, reinterrogating.
uninterrogable, adjective
uninterrogated, adjective
Synonyms
1. query.
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  • It provided legal guidance for civilians engaged in interrogating terrorism suspects.
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British Dictionary definitions for interrogating

interrogate

/ɪnˈtɛrəˌɡeɪt/
verb
1.
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 interrogating

interrogate

v.

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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