Definition of interrogate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    interrogate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈterəɡeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈterəɡeɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they interrogate
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈterəɡeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈterəɡeɪt//
     
    he / she / it interrogates
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈterəɡeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈterəɡeɪts//
     
    past simple interrogated
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈterəɡeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈterəɡeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle interrogated
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈterəɡeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈterəɡeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form interrogating
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈterəɡeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈterəɡeɪtɪŋ//
     
    Legal processes, Solving crime
     
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  1. 1interrogate somebody to ask somebody a lot of questions over a long period of time, especially in an aggressive way He was interrogated by the police for over 12 hours. Soon after we arrived, I was interrogated about my parents and our home life. Wordfinderarrest, charge, cordon, detain, detective, interrogate, plain clothes, police, raid, undercover See related entries: Legal processes, Solving crime
  2. 2interrogate something (specialist) to obtain information from a computer or other machine
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent.: from Latin interrogat- ‘questioned’, from the verb interrogare, from inter- ‘between’ + rogare ‘ask’.
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