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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
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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 rumour.
    All complaints from our customers are investigated quickly and efficiently.
    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 persons behaviour or character
      She was thoroughly investigated by the FBI before being offered the job.

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