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investigate

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EtymologyEdit

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)

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈves.tɪ.ɡeɪt/
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VerbEdit

investigate (third-person singular simple present investigates, present participle investigating, simple past and past participle investigated)

  1. (transitive) To inquire into or study in order to ascertain facts or information.
    to investigate the causes of natural phenomena
  2. (transitive) To examine, look into, or scrutinize in order to discover something hidden or secret.
    to investigate an unsolved murder
  3. (intransitive) To conduct an inquiry or examination.
    • 1903, Jack London, "The Shadow and the Flash,"
      "Why don't you investigate?" he demanded. And investigate I did.

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VerbEdit

investigate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of investigare
  2. second-person plural imperative of investigare
  3. feminine plural of investigato

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VerbEdit

investīgāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of investīgō