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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
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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 ?
Now it is averred,--but whether on authority available in a court of justice, we do not pretend to have investigated,--that the young man was tempted by the devil, one night, to search his uncle's private drawers, to which he had unsuspected means of access.
Nor, strictly investigated, is there any incongruity in this comparison.
The clergyman noticed that look, and investigated the License more closely than usual.
As he investigated the subject-- and he always had an extraordinary faculty of becoming absolutely absorbed for the moment in whatever he took up--he was almost saddened by the reflection of the ruin that time brought on beautiful and wonderful things.
No subject was ever so thoroughly investigated as the invention of the speaking telephone.
Really, brother," answered the cousin, "I could not at this moment say positively without having investigated it; I will look it up when I go back to where I have my books, and will satisfy you the next time we meet, for this will not be the last time.
It is a misfortune, inseparable from human affairs, that public measures are rarely investigated with that spirit of moderation which is essential to a just estimate of their real tendency to advance or obstruct the public good; and that this spirit is more apt to be diminished than promoted, by those occasions which require an unusual exercise of it.
They avoided my eyes, and their quivering nostrils investigated the bodies that lay beyond me on the beach.
And there was also, I remember, a clergyman who wanted to be a lunatic, or a lunatic who wanted to be a clergyman, I forget which, but I know the Court of Chancery investigated the matter, and decided that he was quite sane.
They cleaned up the plates and pans of the elder mess, who were out fishing, sliced pork for the midday meal, swabbed down the fo'c'sle, filled the lamps, drew coal and water for the cook, and investigated the fore-hold, where the boat's stores were stacked.
This man was entirely new to all his experience, and he meant to investigate further, precisely as he would have investigated a new building or a strange festival in Lahore city.
Seated calmly in this laboratory, the pale philosopher had investigated the secrets of the highest cloud region and of the profoundest mines; he had satisfied himself of the causes that kindled and kept alive the fires of the volcano; and had explained the mystery of fountains, and how it is that they gush forth, some so bright and pure, and others with such rich medicinal virtues, from the dark bosom of the earth.

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