A research scientist investigates evidence under a microscope.
- 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 verb-·gat·ed, -·gat·ing
Origin of investigatefrom 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)