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

     

    probe

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (as a noun): from late Latin proba ‘proof’ (in medieval Latin ‘examination’), from Latin probare ‘to test’. The verb dates from the mid 17th cent.
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