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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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British Dictionary definitions for investigative

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 investigative
adj.

1803, from Latin investigat-, past participle stem of investigare (see investigation) + -ive. Journalism sense is from 1951.

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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