investigate

verb

  • 1

    Carry out a systematic or formal inquiry to discover and examine the facts of (an incident, allegation, etc.) so as to establish the truth.

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  • 2

    Carry out a search or investigation in the manner of a detective.

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Origin

Early 16th century: from Latin investigat- ‘traced out’, from the verb investigare, from in- ‘into’ + vestigare ‘track, trace out’.

Pronunciation

  • investigate /ɪnˈvɛstɪɡeɪt/