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probe

verb [I or T]     /prəʊb/ US  /proʊb/
to try to discover information that other people do not want you to know, by asking questions carefully and not directly: The interviewer probed deep into her private life. Detectives questioned him for hours, probing for any inconsistencies in his story. The article probes (= tries to describe and explain) the mysteries of nationalism in modern Europe.Analysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating value to examine something with a tool, especially in order to find something that is hidden: They probed in/into the mud with a special drill.Making holes in things
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