- 1[intransitive, transitive] to ask questions in order to find out secret or hidden information about somebody/something synonym investigate probe (into something) He didn't like the media probing into his past. probe something a TV programme that probed government scandals in the 1990s + speech ‘Then what happened?’ he probed.
- 2[transitive] probe something to touch, examine or look for something, especially with a long thin instrument The doctor probed the wound for signs of infection. Searchlights probed the night sky. Word Origin late Middle English (as a noun): from late Latin proba
BrE BrE//prəʊb//; NAmE NAmE//proʊb//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they probe
BrE BrE//prəʊb//; NAmE NAmE//proʊb//he / she / it probes
BrE BrE//prəʊbz//; NAmE NAmE//proʊbz//past simple probed
BrE BrE//prəʊbd//; NAmE NAmE//proʊbd//past participle probed
BrE BrE//prəʊbd//; NAmE NAmE//proʊbd//-ing form probing
BrE BrE//ˈprəʊbɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈproʊbɪŋ//