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probe

probe

 
 
pronunciation:
prob
parts of speech:
verb, noun
part of speech: verb
inflections: probed, probes, probing
definition 1: to look deeply into.
The detective probed the case for clues.
synonyms:
examine, explore, investigate, plumb, scrutinize
similar words:
inspect, penetrate, sound out
definition 2: to examine or explore with a probe.
The doctor probed my ear.
synonyms:
examine, explore, investigate, prod
similar words:
hunt, inspect, penetrate, plumb, poke, rummage, test
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an instrument or tool used to explore the shape, condition, or depth of something that cannot be seen directly.
The doctor used a probe to look inside my throat.
similar words:
instrument
definition 2: the act of looking for facts showing a crime was committed or a law was broken.
The lawyer asked for a probe of the mayor's actions.
synonyms:
examination, investigation
similar words:
exploration, hunt, inspection, quest, research, review, search, study
derivations: probeable (adj.), prober (n.)