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Definition of interrogate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they interrogate
    he / she / it interrogates
    past simple interrogated
    -ing form interrogating
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  1. 1interrogate somebody to ask someone 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.
  2. 2interrogate something (technology) to obtain information from a computer or other machine
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noun [uncountable, countable] He confessed after four days under interrogation. She hated her parents' endless interrogations about where she'd been. Thesaurusinterviewinterrogation audience consultationThese are all words for a meeting or occasion when someone is asked for information, opinions, or advice.interview a formal meeting at which someone is asked questions, for example, to see if they are suitable for a particular job or course of study, or in order to find out their opinions about something:a job interviewinterrogation the process of asking someone a lot of questions, especially in an aggressive way, in order to get information; an occasion on which this is done:He confessed after four days of interrogation.audience a formal meeting with an important person:The Pope granted her a private audience.consultation a meeting with an expert, such as a lawyer or doctor, to get advice or treatment:A 30-minute consultation will cost $50.Patterns an in-depth interview/consultation a police interview/interrogation to have/request a(n) interview/audience/consultation >with>somebody to give/grant somebody a(n) interview/audience/consultation to carry out/conduct an interview/interrogation
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noun His interrogators finally forced him to confess.
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