Investigate Definition

investigated, investigates, investigating
investigated, investigates, investigating
To search into so as to learn the facts; inquire into systematically.
Webster's New World
To make an investigation.
Webster's New World
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.

Origin of Investigate

  • Recorded since circa 1510, a back-formation from investigation, from Latin investigatio "a searching into", from investigatus, the past participle of investigare, itself from in- "in(to)" + vestigare "to track, trace" (from vestigium "footprint, track", of unknown origin)

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin investīgāre investīgāt- in- in in–2 vestīgāre to track (from vestīgium footprint)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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