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investigate

[in-ves-ti-geyt] /ɪnˈvɛs tɪˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), investigated, investigating.
1.
to examine, study, or inquire into systematically; search or examine into the particulars of; examine in detail.
2.
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), investigated, investigating.
3.
to make inquiry, examination, or investigation.
Origin
1500-1510
1500-10; < Latin investīgātus, past participle of investīgāre to follow a trail, search out. See in-2, vestige, -ate1
Related forms
investigative, investigatory
[in-ves-ti-guh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈvɛs tɪ gəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
investigator, noun
preinvestigate, verb, preinvestigated, preinvestigating.
preinvestigator, noun
quasi-investigated, adjective
reinvestigate, verb, reinvestigated, reinvestigating.
uninvestigated, adjective
uninvestigating, adjective
uninvestigative, adjective
uninvestigatory, adjective
well-investigated, adjective
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  • Many of the poached plants may surface at commercial nurseries that purchase flytraps without investigating their origins.
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  • The rebels warily took the measure of the city, investigating sealed-off areas and hunting for hidden enemies.
  • Now prepare for your story by investigating the interview process.
  • Newbold is among a growing number of scientists now investigating how farm animals influence atmospheric pollution.
  • Since these images were taken earlier this month, researchers are still investigating what's been revealed.
  • And they have used it to begin investigating the causes the traumatic brain injury.
  • Send information back and leave investigating next solar system, leaving no evidence.
  • In any market the consumer is responsible for investigating various products to determine fitness before purchasing.
  • Rinehart later learned that the company had been secretly investigating farmers in his area.
British Dictionary definitions for investigating

investigate

/ɪnˈvɛstɪˌɡeɪt/
verb
1.
to inquire into (a situation or problem, esp a crime or death) thoroughly; examine systematically, esp in order to discover the truth
Derived Forms
investigable, adjective
investigative, investigatory, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin investīgāre to search after, from in-² + vestīgium track; see vestige
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Word Origin and History for investigating

investigate

v.

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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