• IPA: [ɪn.ˈves.tɪ.ɡeɪ̯t]

investigate (investigates, present participle investigating; past and past participle investigated)

  1. (transitive) To inquire into or study in order to ascertain facts or information.
    to investigate the causes of natural phenomena
  2. (transitive) To examine, look into, or scrutinize in order to discover something hidden or secret.
    to investigate an unsolved murder
  3. (intransitive) To conduct an inquiry or examination.
    • 1903, Jack London, "The Shadow and the Flash,"
      "Why don't you investigate?" he demanded. And investigate I did.
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