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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
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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
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Present Perfect
I have investigated
you have investigated
he/she/it has investigated
we have investigated
you have investigated
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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
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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
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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
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Past Conditional
I would have investigated
you would have investigated
he/she/it would have investigated
we 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 ?
I shall enumerate them by their forecastle appellations; for possibly such a list may be valuable to future investigators, who may complete what I have here but begun.
He will doubtless be called before the investigators shortly," said he who had brought me back," so have him in readiness.
He generalized upon the findings of thousands of investigators.
One of them, a heavy man, was about to set his shoulder against the door when it opened, apparently without human agency, and the courageous investigators passed in.
They developed a staff of investment seekers and investigators.
It was badly stage-managed; for even the rawest investigators must be struck by the absence of the usual feminine ululation.
Society is too well protected by prisons, banishment, criminal investigators, penal servitude.
Few secrets can escape an investigator, who has opportunity and licence to undertake such a quest, and skill to follow it up.
The wisest thing the investigator can do then, it seems to me, is to let this deadly spout alone.
Cide Hamete, the painstaking investigator of the minute points of this veracious history, says that when Dona Rodriguez left her own room to go to Don Quixote's, another duenna who slept with her observed her, and as all duennas are fond of prying, listening, and sniffing, she followed her so silently that the good Rodriguez never perceived it; and as soon as the duenna saw her enter Don Quixote's room, not to fail in a duenna's invariable practice of tattling, she hurried off that instant to report to the duchess how Dona Rodriguez was closeted with Don Quixote.
The only thing to mislead the investigator would have been belief in all the good things he said of himself.
An investigator needs facts and not legends or rumours.