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INVESTIGATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does investigation mean? 

INVESTIGATION (noun)
  The noun INVESTIGATION has 2 senses:

1. an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities
2. the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically

  Familiarity information: INVESTIGATION used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


INVESTIGATION (noun)


Sense 1investigation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

investigation; probe

Context example:

there was a congressional probe into the scandal

Hypernyms ("investigation" is a kind of...):

enquiry; inquiry; research (a search for knowledge)


Sense 2investigation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

investigating; investigation

Hypernyms ("investigation" is a kind of...):

work (activity directed toward making or doing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "investigation"):

analysis (an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole)

tabulation (the act of putting into tabular form)

search (an investigation seeking answers)

research (systematic investigation to establish facts)

enquiry; inquiry (a systematic investigation of a matter of public interest)

examination; testing (the act of giving students or candidates a test (as by questions) to determine what they know or have learned)

examination; scrutiny (the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes))

empiricism (the application of empirical methods in any art or science)

police investigation; police work (the investigation of criminal activities)

count; counting; enumeration; numeration; reckoning; tally (the act of counting)

tap; wiretap (the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information)


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