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verb     probe pronunciation in American English
/proʊb/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyprobe
he/she/itprobes
present participleprobing
past tenseprobed
past participleprobed
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to try to find out the truth about something, especially by asking a lot of questions
    probe into:

    You have no right to start probing into my personal life.

    probe deep/deeply:

    If you probe deeper, significant differences emerge.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to examine part of someone’s body by pressing a probe into it
    1. a.
      to press something with your fingers or with a tool, especially in order to find something
  3. 3
    [transitive] to examine or move through an area, especially in order to find something
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