investigate

[in-ves-ti-geyt]
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:
1500–10; < Latin investīgātus, past participle of investīgāre to follow a trail, search out. See in-2, vestige, -ate1

investigative, investigatory [in-ves-ti-guh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , 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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investigate (ɪnˈvɛstɪˌɡeɪt)
 
vb
to inquire into (a situation or problem, esp a crime or death) thoroughly; examine systematically, esp in order to discover the truth
 
[C16: from Latin investīgāre to search after, from in-² + vestīgium track; see vestige]
 
in'vestigable
 
adj
 
in'vestigative
 
adj
 
in'vestigatory
 
adj

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Example sentences
Many of the poached plants may surface at commercial nurseries that purchase
  flytraps without investigating their origins.
He made some money on a patent, before dedicating himself to writing and
  investigating scientific fraud.
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.
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