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Learned borrowing from Latin interrogātus.

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interrogate (third-person singular simple present interrogates, present participle interrogating, simple past and past participle interrogated)

  1. (transitive) to question or quiz, especially in a thorough and/or aggressive manner
    The police interrogated the suspect at some length before they let him go.
  2. (transitive, computing) to query; to request information from.
    to interrogate a database
  3. (transitive, literary) to examine critically.
    • 2015, Rita Kiki Edozie, Curtis Stokes, Malcolm X's Michigan Worldview: An Exemplar for Contemporary Black Studies, Michigan State University Press:
      Griffin's approach allows her to reveal Billie Holiday's resilient strength of character and to interrogate the racism she endured, which was as tragic as her personal mistakes.
    • 2019 February 1, J. C. Garden, “Interrogating innocence: “Childhood” as exclusionary social practice”, in Childhood[1], volume 26, number 1, page 54:
      Within the contemporary US context, the construct of childhood innocence is a powerful social myth that structures children’s social relations and culture and informs their rights and status in society. In this article, I interrogate the construct of childhood innocence to examine how it operates as an exclusionary form of social practice.

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  1. inflection of interrogare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

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interrogate f pl

  1. feminine plural of interrogato

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  1. second-person plural present active imperative of interrogō

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  1. second-person singular voseo imperative of interrogar combined with te