Definition of interrogation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˌterəˈɡeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˌterəˈɡeɪʃn//
    [uncountable, countable]
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  1. 1the act of asking somebody a lot of questions over a long period of time, especially in an aggressive way He confessed after four days under interrogation. She hated her parents' endless interrogations about where she'd been. Synonymsinterviewinterrogation audience consultationThese are all words for a meeting or occasion when somebody is asked for information, opinions or advice.interview a formal meeting at which somebody 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 somebody 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 under interrogation.audience a formal meeting with an important person:The Pope granted her a private audience.consultation a meeting with an expert, especially a doctor, to get advice or treatment.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
  2. 2(specialist) the process of obtaining information from a computer or other machine the interrogation of raw data