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.
transitive verb-·gat·ed, -·gat·ing
Origin of interrogatefrom 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 interrogāre interrogāt- inter- in the presence of ; see inter- . rogāre to ask ; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present interrogates, present participle interrogating, simple past and past participle interrogated)