- The definition of interrogate is to formally ask inquisitive questions, especially for the purposes of trying to find out something the other person doesn't want you to know.
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.
interrogate definition by Webster's New World
Origin: ; from Classical Latin interrogatus, past participle of interrogare, to ask ; from inter-, between plush rogare, to ask: see rogation
interrogate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb in·ter·ro·gat·ed, in·ter·ro·gat·ing, in·ter·ro·gates
- To examine by questioning formally or officially. See Synonyms at ask.
- Computer Science To transmit a signal for setting off an appropriate response.
Origin: Middle English enterrogate, from Latin interrogāre, interrogāt- : inter-, in the presence of; see inter- + rogāre, to ask; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
- in·terˌro·gaˈtion noun
- in·terˌro·gaˈtion·al adjective
- in·terˈro·gaˌtor noun
interrogate - Computer Definition
(1) To search, sum or count records in a file. See query.
(2) To test the condition or status of a terminal or computer system.