investigate[in ves′tə gāt′]
A research scientist investigates evidence under a microscope.
- The definition of investigate is to look into something or someone in order to try to discover the truth or to piece together a sequence of events.
- An example of investigate is when you run a background check on someone to find out what kind of person he is.
- An example of investigate is when the police try to solve a crime.
- An example of investigate is when you check the source of material to determine its truth.
transitive verbinvestigated, investigating
Origin of investigate; from Classical Latin investigatus, past participle of investigare, to trace out ; from in-, in + vestigare, to track ; from vestigium, a track
verbin·ves·ti·gat·ed, in·ves·ti·gat·ing, in·ves·ti·gates
Origin of investigateLatin investīgāre, investīgāt- : in-, in; see in–2 + vestīgāre, to track (from vestīgium, footprint).
(third-person singular simple present investigates, present participle investigating, simple past and past participle investigated)