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verb investigate pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈvestɪˌɡeɪt/
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present tense
present participleinvestigating
past tenseinvestigated
past participleinvestigated

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  1. [intransitive/transitive] to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it

    We sent a reporter to investigate the rumor.

    A short time later I heard a noise outside and went to investigate.

    investigate what/why/whether etc.:

    The research aims to investigate why schools are not doing better.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to try to get detailed facts and information about a person’s behavior or character

      She was thoroughly investigated by the FBI before being offered the job.


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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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