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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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