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Definition of probe verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they probe
    he / she / it probes
    past simple probed
    -ing form probing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to ask questions in order to find out secret or hidden information about someone or something synonym investigate probe (into something) He didn't like the media probing into his past. probe something a TV program that probed government scandals in the 1990s + speech “Then what happened?” he probed.
  2. 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.
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