An example of probe is when a scientists studies the origin of DNA.
An example of probe is when the police investigate a case to learn the identity of the criminal.
An example of a probe is an investigation into who stole money from the petty cash jar.
An example of a probe is a probe used to perform a colonoscopy.
The scouts' probe of enemy territory.
The surgeon's probe of the clogged artery.
A congressional probe into price fixing; a reporter's probe into a public figure's past.
Probed the impact of technology on social behavior.
Birds probing in the sand for clams.
The police are probing into what really happened.
If you probe further, you may discover different reasons.
- An investigation, as by a legislative committee, into corruption, etc.
- An exploratory advance or patrol.
Other Word Forms
Origin of probe
- Middle English examination from Medieval Latin proba from Late Latin proof from Latin probāre to test from probus good per1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- For verb: Latin probare (“to test, examine, prove"), from probus (“good").