When police question a suspected murderer for hours to try to get him to confess, this is an example of a time when the police interrogate the possible murderer.
Origin of interrogate; from Classical Latin interrogatus, past participle of interrogare, to ask ; from inter-, between + rogare, to ask: see rogation
transitive verbin·ter·ro·gat·ed, in·ter·ro·gat·ing, in·ter·ro·gates
- To examine by questioning formally or officially. See Synonyms at ask.
- Computers To transmit a signal for setting off an appropriate response.
Origin of interrogateMiddle English enterrogate, from Latin interrog&amacron;re, interrog&amacron;t- : inter-, in the presence of; see inter– + rog&amacron;re, to ask; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present interrogates, present participle interrogating, simple past and past participle interrogated)