[in-ves-ti-geyt] /ɪnˈvɛs tɪˌgeɪt/

verb (used with object), investigated, investigating.
to examine, study, or inquire into systematically; search or examine into the particulars of; examine in detail.
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.
to make inquiry, examination, or .
to inquire into (a situation or problem, esp a crime or death) thoroughly; examine systematically, esp in order to discover the truth

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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