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English verb: investigate

1. investigate (communication) investigate scientifically


SamplesLet's investigate the syntax of Chinese.


ExamplesThe customs agents investigate the bags for drugs


Synonymslook into


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, examine, study


Narrower (hyponym)examine, experiment, explore, explore, probe, research, research, search

2. investigate (communication) conduct an inquiry or investigation of


SamplesThe district attorney's office investigated reports of possible irregularities.
Inquire into the disappearance of the rich old lady.


ExamplesThey investigate whether there was a traffic accident


Synonymsenquire, inquire


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


Broader (hypernym)examine, probe


Narrower (hyponym)spy









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