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.
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 invest&imacron;g&amacron;re, invest&imacron;g&amacron;t- : in-, in; see in–2 + vest&imacron;g&amacron;re, to track (from vest&imacron;gium, footprint).
(third-person singular simple present investigates, present participle investigating, simple past and past participle investigated)