investigate

  • 1 investigate — in‧ves‧ti‧gate [ɪnˈvestgeɪt] verb [intransitive, transitive] to try to discover the truth about a crime, accident etc: • The fraud office is investigating allegations of insider trading by a former employee of the firm. investigation noun… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 investigate — in·ves·ti·gate /in ves tə ˌgāt/ vb gat·ed, gat·ing vt: to observe or study by close examination and systematic inquiry; specif: to make (a criminal suspect) the subject of inquiry and study for the purpose of establishing probable cause vi: to… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 Investigate — In*ves ti*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Investigated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Investigating}.] [L. investigatus, p. p. of investigare to investigate; pref. in in + vestigare to track, trace. See {Vestige}.] To follow up step by step by patient inquiry or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Investigate — In*ves ti*gate, v. i. To pursue a course of investigation and study; to make investigation. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 investigate — (v.) c.1500, back formation from investigation, or else from L. investigatus, pp. of investigare to trace out, search after (see INVESTIGATION (Cf. investigation)). Related: Investigated; investigating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 investigate — [v] check into thoroughly be all ears*, bug, case*, check out, check over, check up, consider, delve, dig, examine, explore, eyeball*, feel out, frisk, give the once over*, go into, inquire, inquisite, inspect, interrogate, listen in, look into,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 investigate — ► VERB 1) carry out a systematic or formal inquiry into (an incident or allegation) so as to establish the truth. 2) carry out research into (a subject). 3) make a search or systematic inquiry. DERIVATIVES investigable adjective investigation… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 investigate — [in ves′tə gāt΄] vt. investigated, investigating [< L investigatus, pp. of investigare, to trace out < in , in + vestigare, to track < vestigium, a track] to search into so as to learn the facts; inquire into systematically vi. to make… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 investigate — verb ADVERB ▪ carefully, closely, in detail ▪ extensively ▪ adequately, fully, properly, thoroughly …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 investigate */*/*/ — UK [ɪnˈvestɪɡeɪt] / US [ɪnˈvestɪˌɡeɪt] verb Word forms investigate : present tense I/you/we/they investigate he/she/it investigates present participle investigating past tense investigated past participle investigated a) [intransitive/transitive] …

    English dictionary

  • 11 investigate — in|ves|ti|gate [ ın vestı,geıt ] verb *** intransitive or transitive to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it: We sent a reporter to investigate the rumor. All complaints from our customers are… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 investigate — 01. Firefighters are [investigating] a mysterious fire which broke out at a local high school overnight. 02. The story of the political scandal was first revealed by an [investigative] reporter for the New York Times. 03. The murder case is still …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 13 investigate — verb ( gated; gating) Etymology: Latin investigatus, past participle of investigare to track, investigate, from in + vestigium footprint, track Date: circa 1510 transitive verb to observe or study by close examination and systematic inquiry… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 investigate — verb /ɪnˈves.tɪ.ɡeɪt/ a) To inquire into or study in order to ascertain facts or information. Why dont you investigate? he demanded. And investigate I did. b) To examine, look into, or scrutinize in order to …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 investigate — [16] To investigate something is etymologically to look for traces, or ‘vestiges’, of it. The word comes from Latin investīgāre ‘search into’, a compound verb based on vestīgāre ‘track, trace’. This in turn was a derivative of vestīgium… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 16 investigate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. inquire, examine, question; search, probe. See inquiry. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. inquire into, look into, review; see examine 1 , study 1 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. look into, inquire,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 investigate*/*/ — [ɪnˈvestɪˌgeɪt] verb [I/T] to try to find out all the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it We sent a reporter to investigate the rumour.[/ex] Customer ‘complaints are investigated quickly and efficiently.[/ex] The research… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 18 investigate — in|ves|ti|gate W2 [ınˈvestıgeıt] v [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of investigare to follow the track of , from vestigium track ] 1.) [I and T] to try to find out the truth about or the cause of something such as a crime,… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 investigate —    to create, exaggerate, exploit, or distort (the account of an event)    The perpetrator calls it an enquiry:     What d you mean smear? Have it your way investigate, if you prefer. Just so you keep on digging until something starts to smell.… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 20 investigate — in•ves•ti•gate [[t]ɪnˈvɛs tɪˌgeɪt[/t]] v. gat•ed, gat•ing 1) to search or examine into the particulars of; examine in detail 2) to examine the particulars of so as to learn about something hidden, unique, or complex, esp. in an attempt to find a… …

    From formal English to slang