Investigative



[in-ves-ti-geyt] /ɪnˈvɛs tɪˌgeɪt/

verb (used with object), investigated, investigating.
1.
to examine, study, or inquire into systematically; search or examine into the particulars of; examine in detail.
2.
to search out and examine the particulars of in an attempt to learn the facts about something hidden, unique, or complex, especially in an attempt to find a motive, cause, or culprit:
The police are investigating the murder.
verb (used without object), investigated, investigating.
3.
to make inquiry, examination, or .
/ɪnˈvɛstɪˌɡeɪt/
verb
1.
to inquire into (a situation or problem, esp a crime or death) thoroughly; examine systematically, esp in order to discover the truth
adj.

1803, from Latin investigat-, past participle stem of investigare (see investigation) + -ive. Journalism sense is from 1951.
v.

c.1500, back-formation from investigation, or else from Latin investigatus, past participle of investigare “to trace out, search after” (see investigation). Related: Investigated; investigating.

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