- 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.
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)