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verb     investigate pronunciation in British English
/ɪnˈvestɪɡeɪt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyinvestigate
he/she/itinvestigates
present participleinvestigating
past tenseinvestigated
past participleinvestigated
  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 rumour.

    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 behaviour or character

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

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