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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.investigating - the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematicallyinvestigating - the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
analysis - an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole
counting, enumeration, numeration, count, reckoning, tally - the act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order; "the counting continued for several hours"
police investigation, police work - the investigation of criminal activities
empiricism - the application of empirical methods in any art or science
examination, scrutiny - the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
testing, examination - the act of giving students or candidates a test (as by questions) to determine what they know or have learned
enquiry, inquiry - a systematic investigation of a matter of public interest
research - systematic investigation to establish facts
search - an investigation seeking answers; "a thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing"; "the outcome justified the search"
tabulation - the act of putting into tabular form; "the tabulation of the results"
wiretap, tap - the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information
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The children went to him like bees to a honeypot, and establishing themselves on each knee, proceeded to captivate him by rifling his pockets, pulling his beard, and investigating his watch, with juvenile audacity.
It was an agreeable idea, easily carried out, and when the white cloth was spread upon the grass, with hot tea and buttered toast and crumpets, a delightfully hungry meal was eaten, and several birds on domestic errands paused to inquire what was going on and were led into investigating crumbs with great activity.
Lecount laid down the opera-glass, through which she had been closely investigating these proceedings, with a feeling of helpless perplexity which she was almost ashamed to acknowledge to herself.
Human life--that appeared to him the one thing worth investigating.
Giafar," replied the Caliph, "you have committed three faults-- first, in giving the permission; second, in not mentioning it to me; and third, in not investigating the matter more closely.
The youth looked at the men nearest him, and saw, for the most part, expressions of deep inter- est, as if they were investigating something that had fascinated them.
All these were carefully examined, to discover by their freshness or antiquity the probable time that the trappers had left them; at length, after much wandering and investigating, they came upon the regular trail of the hunting party, which led into the mountains, and following it up briskly, came about two o'clock in the afternoon of the 20th, upon the encampment of Hodgkiss and his band of free trappers, in the bosom of a mountain valley.
I am investigating the circumstances which attended the death of the late Sir Charles Baskerville," said he.
It is the supposed murder of Colonel Barclay, of the Royal Munsters, at Aldershot, which I am investigating.
As they charged about us we succeeded in mastering them sufficiently to prevent any concerted attack upon us, but the din of their squealing was certain to bring investigating warriors into the courtyard were it to continue much longer.
The fine little fellow, who seemed to have never known the meaning of fear, early revealed a keen and active mind, an investigating intelligence, and a remarkable turn for scientific study; moreover, he disclosed uncommon address in extricating himself from difficulty; he was never perplexed, not even in handling his fork for the first time--an exercise in which children generally have so little success.
There I was stretched, when you, my dear Watson, and all your following were investigating in the most sympathetic and inefficient manner the circumstances of my death.

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