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English noun: probe

1. probe (cognition) an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities

SamplesThere was a congressional probe into the scandal.


Broader (hypernym)enquiry, inquiry, research

Narrower (hyponym)fishing expedition

2. probe (artifact) a flexible slender surgical instrument with a blunt end that is used to explore wounds or body cavities

Broader (hypernym)surgical instrument

3. probe (act) an exploratory action or expedition

Broader (hypernym)exploration

4. probe (act) an investigation conducted using a flexible surgical instrument to explore an injury or a body cavity

Broader (hypernym)research

English verb: probe

1. probe (communication) question or examine thoroughly and closely

ExamplesThe men probe the area for animals , The men probe for animals in the area


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)investigate, look into

Narrower (hyponym)enquire, hear, inquire, investigate, re-examine, try

2. probe (contact) examine physically with or as if with a probe

SamplesProbe an anthill.

Synonymsdig into, poke into

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)penetrate, perforate

Narrower (hyponym)gutter

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