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verb probe pronunciation in British English /prəʊb/ 
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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

    Investigators are probing the causes of the plane crash.

    probe into:

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

    probe deep/deeply:

    If you probe deeper, significant differences emerge.

  2. 3
    [transitive] to examine or move through an area, especially in order to find something

    Divers probed the murky waters inch by inch.

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