Investigate meaning

ĭn-vĕstĭ-gāt
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.

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To search into so as to learn the facts; inquire into systematically.
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To make an investigation.
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To observe or inquire into in detail; examine systematically.

Investigate a crime; investigate ways to use less energy; investigate whether the virus is contagious.

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To make a detailed inquiry or systematic examination.
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(intransitive) To conduct an inquiry or examination.
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To examine, look into, or scrutinize in order to discover something hidden or secret.

To investigate an unsolved murder.

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To inquire into or study in order to ascertain facts or information.

To investigate the causes of natural phenomena.

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Origin of investigate

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

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

  • 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