investigate

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Plain form
investigate

Third-person singular
investigates

Past tense
investigated

Past participle
investigated

Present participle
investigating

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you investigate a problem, you get information about it and you think carefully about the information, usually to find an answer.
    We won't know what happened until it is more thoroughly investigated.
    Police investigated 169 complaints about noise between December and January.
    Researchers continue to investigate new ways of finding lies.
    Your child's family doctor should investigate whether there may be a sleep problem.
    More work is needed to investigate other possibilities.

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