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in·ves·ti·gate

 (ĭn-vĕs′tĭ-gāt′)
v. in·ves·ti·gat·ed, in·ves·ti·gat·ing, in·ves·ti·gates
v.tr.
To observe or inquire into in detail; examine systematically: investigate a crime; investigate ways to use less energy; investigate whether the virus is contagious.
v.intr.
To make a detailed inquiry or systematic examination.

[Latin investīgāre, investīgāt- : in-, in; see in-2 + vestīgāre, to track (from vestīgium, footprint).]

in·ves′ti·ga·ble (-gə-bəl) adj.
in·ves′ti·ga·to′ry (-gə-tôr′ē) adj.

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]
inˈvestigable adj
inˈvestigative, inˈvestigatory adj

in•ves•ti•gate

(ɪnˈvɛs tɪˌgeɪt)

v. -gat•ed, -gat•ing. v.t.
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 motive, cause, or culprit: to investigate a murder.
v.i.
3. to make inquiry, examination, or investigation.
[1500–10; < Latin investīgātus, past participle of investīgāre to follow a trail, search out. See in-2, vestige]
in•ves′ti•ga•ble, adj.
in•ves′ti•ga`tive, in•ves′ti•ga•to`ry (-gəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.

investigate


Past participle: investigated
Gerund: investigating

Imperative
investigate
investigate
Present
I investigate
you investigate
he/she/it investigates
we investigate
you investigate
they investigate
Preterite
I investigated
you investigated
he/she/it investigated
we investigated
you investigated
they investigated
Present Continuous
I am investigating
you are investigating
he/she/it is investigating
we are investigating
you are investigating
they are investigating
Present Perfect
I have investigated
you have investigated
he/she/it has investigated
we have investigated
you have investigated
they have investigated
Past Continuous
I was investigating
you were investigating
he/she/it was investigating
we were investigating
you were investigating
they were investigating
Past Perfect
I had investigated
you had investigated
he/she/it had investigated
we had investigated
you had investigated
they had investigated
Future
I will investigate
you will investigate
he/she/it will investigate
we will investigate
you will investigate
they will investigate
Future Perfect
I will have investigated
you will have investigated
he/she/it will have investigated
we will have investigated
you will have investigated
they will have investigated
Future Continuous
I will be investigating
you will be investigating
he/she/it will be investigating
we will be investigating
you will be investigating
they will be investigating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been investigating
you have been investigating
he/she/it has been investigating
we have been investigating
you have been investigating
they have been investigating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been investigating
you will have been investigating
he/she/it will have been investigating
we will have been investigating
you will have been investigating
they will have been investigating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been investigating
you had been investigating
he/she/it had been investigating
we had been investigating
you had been investigating
they had been investigating
Conditional
I would investigate
you would investigate
he/she/it would investigate
we would investigate
you would investigate
they would investigate
Past Conditional
I would have investigated
you would have investigated
he/she/it would have investigated
we would have investigated
you would have investigated
they would have investigated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.investigate - investigate scientifically; "Let's investigate the syntax of Chinese"
analyse, analyze, examine, study, canvass, canvas - consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning; "analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare"; "analyze the evidence in a criminal trial"; "analyze your real motives"
explore, research, search - inquire into; "the students had to research the history of the Second World War for their history project"; "He searched for information on his relatives on the web"; "Scientists are exploring the nature of consciousness"
explore - travel to or penetrate into; "explore unknown territory in biology"
probe, examine - question or examine thoroughly and closely
research - attempt to find out in a systematically and scientific manner; "The student researched the history of that word"
experiment - to conduct a test or investigation; "We are experimenting with the new drug in order to fight this disease"
2.investigate - conduct an inquiry or investigation of; "The district attorney's office investigated reports of possible irregularities"; "inquire into the disappearance of the rich old lady"
spy - secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage; "spy for the Russians"
probe, examine - question or examine thoroughly and closely

investigate

verb examine, study, research, consider, go into, explore, search for, analyse, look into, inspect, look over, sift, probe into, work over, scrutinize, inquire into, make inquiries about, enquire into Gas officials are investigating the cause of the explosion.

investigate

verb
1. To study closely or systematically:
2. To go into or through for the purpose of making discoveries or acquiring information:
Translations
يُحَقِّق
prozkoumatvyšetřovat
efterforskeundersøge
rannsaka, kanna
tyrėjas
izmeklētizpētītpētīt
preiskovati

investigate

[ɪnˈvestɪgeɪt]
A. VT
1. (= inquire into) [+ crime, case] → investigar; [+ person] → hacer indagaciones sobre; [+ claim, possibility] → examinar, estudiar; [+ complaint] → estudiar
police are investigating two possibilitiesla policía está investigando dos posibles pistas
2. (= inspect) → examinar
3. (= research) → investigar, llevar a cabo una investigación sobre
B. VIinvestigar
I heard a noise downstairs, I'd better go and investigatehe oído un ruido abajo, mejor que vaya a investigar

investigate

[ɪnˈvɛstɪgeɪt] vt
[+ event, situation, claim] → enquêter sur
They are investigating how the accident happened → Ils enquêtent sur les circonstances de l'accident.
[+ crime] → enquêter sur
[+ person] → enquêter sur
to be investigated by sb → être sous le coup d'une enquête de qn
The two officers were being investigated by the director of public prosecutions → Les deux officiers étaient sous le coup d'une enquête du procureur de la République.

investigate

vtuntersuchen; (doing scientific research also) → erforschen; sb’s political beliefs, an insurance claim, business affairsüberprüfen; complaintnachgehen (+dat); motive, reason, causeerforschen; crimeuntersuchen; to investigate a casein einem Fall ermitteln or Ermittlungen anstellen

investigate

[ɪnˈvɛstɪˌgeɪt] vt (crime, motive) → indagare su, investigare su; (possibilities) → studiare, esaminare

investigate

(inˈvestigeit) verb
to examine or inquire into carefully. The police are investigating the mystery.
inˌvestiˈgation noun
inˈvestigator noun
a person, eg a detective, who investigates.
References in classic literature ?
They had only come to investigate the contents of the bonbon box.
A curious eye, privileged to take an account of stock and investigate behind the counter, would have discovered a barrel, yea, two or three barrels and half ditto,--one containing flour, another apples, and a third, perhaps, Indian meal.
Legree, having refitted Tom's handcuffs, proceeded deliberately to investigate the contents of his pockets.
She could not investigate the girl with the experienced eye of the landlady at the London hotel, who had characterized the stranger as a young person overtaken by misfortune, and who had showed plainly, by her look and manner, of what nature she suspected that misfortune to be.
Both of them, already tired of management for various reasons, went away without trying to investigate further into the personality of that curious O.
He will investigate how a child's voice, speaking from Boston to Omaha, can vibrate more than a million pounds of copper wire; and he will invent a finer system of time to fit the telephone, which can do as many different things in a second as a man can do in a day, transmitting with every tick of the clock from twenty- five to eighty thousand vibrations.
And thirdly, that men accustomed to investigate the sources of public prosperity upon a large scale, must be too well convinced of the utility of commerce, to be inclined to inflict upon it so deep a wound as would result from the entire exclusion of those who would best understand its interest from a share in the management of them.
The more attentively I consider and investigate the reasons which appear to have given birth to this opinion, the more I become convinced that they are cogent and conclusive.
I decided to investigate, but first I lifted my head to fill my lungs with the pure, invigorating night air of the mountains.
Another had seen THREE immense Arabs with huge, black beards; but when, after conquering their nervousness, the rear guard advanced upon the enemy's position to investigate they found nothing, for Akut and the boy had retreated out of range of the unfriendly guns.
Of course it may not be either the Sereth or the Pruth, but we may possibly investigate further.
There were, besides, other particulars he was desirous of ascertaining, and those were of a nature he alone could investigate in a manner satisfactory to himself.

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