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investigate

in·ves·ti·gate

investigate

 
pronunciation:
ihn ve stih geIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: investigated, investigates, investigating
definition: to systematically examine or search into.
The police are investigating the crime.By investigating the cause of the disease, scientists hope to find a cure.
 
synonyms:
delve into, inquire into, probe
similar words:
examine, explore, inspect, peruse, research, scrutinize, search, test
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make a full inquiry.
We don't know the answer to that question yet, so we'll have to investigate.
synonyms:
delve, inquire, probe
similar words:
explore, research
derivations: investigative (adj.), investigator (n.)
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