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To try to find out information - thesaurus

Synonyms

investigate

verb

to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it

look into

to try to discover the facts about something such as a problem or a crime

follow up

to try to find out more about something, or to do something more to deal with it

gather

verb

to look for and find information or documents in different places

dig

verb

to try to find out information about someone, especially when they do not want you to

research

verb

to find information about a subject for a book, film, television programme etc

check up on

to find out information about someone, especially secretly

look up

to try to find a particular piece of information by looking in a book or on a list, or by using a computer

delve

verb

to look for information by searching through something thoroughly

scout

verb

to search or examine a place, area, or situation to get information about it

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cast around for

to look for or try to think of something, especially when you feel pressure to do something quickly

chase up

to find out what is being done about something

check

verb

to look at writing or pictures in order to get information about something

check into

to try to find out more information about a particular subject

consult

verb

to look in a book or at a map or list in order to find information

dig around

to try very hard to find out information about someone, especially when they do not want you to

dig deep

to try very hard to find out information about someone

dig into

informal to try to find information about something

doorstep

verb

Britishinformal if someone such as a journalist doorsteps you, they come to your house to try to get information from you, although you do not want to talk to them

do your homework

to prepare for something by learning as much as you can about it

feel out

to try to discover in a careful or indirect way what a situation is like or what someone’s attitude is

ferret out

to discover information by searching for it in a determined way

investigate

verb

to try to get detailed facts and information about a person’s behaviour or character

investigative

adjective

intended to discover new details and facts about something

investigative

adjective

used about someone who tries to discover new facts and details about something

keep/stay abreast of something

to make sure that you know all the most recent and important information about something

keep your ears open

to pay attention to what is happening, especially in order to find out something

leave no stone unturned

to do everything possible to solve a problem or to find something out

nose around

to try to find out information about someone or something

nose into

to try to find out information about something

poke around

to try to get information, especially when other people do not want you to

poke/shove/stick your nose into something

to show too much interest in things that are someone’s private business

probe

verb

to try to find out the truth about something, especially by asking a lot of questions

pry

verb

to be interested in someone’s personal life in a way that is annoying or offensive

pump

verb

informal to try to get information from someone

put out feelers

to begin to find out what people think about something you are hoping to do

reconnoitre

verb

to go and get information about an area, especially military information

reconstruct

verb

to form an idea of something that happened by connecting pieces of information

refer to

formal to look at a book, map etc for information

run checks/tests on

to find out information about someone in order to be certain that they have not done anything illegal

scan

verb

to read something very quickly, in order to get a general idea of its meaning or to find particular information

seek

verb

mainly literary to try to find something such as an answer or a reason

sift

verb

to examine information, documents etc in order to find what you are looking for

sniff around

to try to find out information

snoop

verb

to secretly try to get information that someone would not want you to have

snoop

verb

to watch someone secretly in order to learn about their personal life or business

sound out

to try to find out someone’s opinions, ideas, feelings etc by talking to them

test the water(s)

to try to find out what people think about something in order to decide whether or not to do it

trawl

verb

to look for someone or something, for example by searching through a large amount of information

try

verb

to attempt to talk to someone because they might be able to help you or to give you information

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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