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INVESTIGATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does investigate mean? 

INVESTIGATE (verb)
  The verb INVESTIGATE has 2 senses:

1. investigate scientifically
2. conduct an inquiry or investigation of

  Familiarity information: INVESTIGATE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


INVESTIGATE (verb)


Sense 1investigate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Investigate scientifically

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

investigate; look into

Context example:

Let's investigate the syntax of Chinese

Hypernyms (to "investigate" is one way to...):

analyse; analyze; canvas; canvass; examine; study (consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "investigate"):

explore; research; search (inquire into)

explore (travel to or penetrate into)

examine; probe (question or examine thoroughly and closely)

research (attempt to find out in a systematically and scientific manner)

experiment (to conduct a test or investigation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

The customs agents investigate the bags for drugs


Sense 2investigate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Conduct an inquiry or investigation of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

enquire; investigate; inquire

Context examples:

The district attorney's office investigated reports of possible irregularities / inquire into the disappearance of the rich old lady

Hypernyms (to "investigate" is one way to...):

examine; probe (question or examine thoroughly and closely)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "investigate"):

spy (secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They investigate whether there was a traffic accident


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