Interrogate meaning

ĭn-tĕr'ə-gāt'
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.

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To examine by questioning formally or officially.
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To transmit a signal for setting off an appropriate response.
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To ask questions of formally or closely, in examining.

To interrogate a witness.

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To ask questions.
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(1) To search, sum or count records in a file. See query.
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To question or quiz, especially in a thorough and/or aggressive manner.

The police interrogated the suspect at some length before they let him go.

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Origin of interrogate

  • Middle English enterrogate from Latin interrogāre interrogāt- inter- in the presence of inter– rogāre to ask reg- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin interrogatus, past participle of interrogare (“to ask, question”), from inter (“between”) + rogare (“to ask”); see rogation.
    From Wiktionary