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investigate

verb
 
 
/ɪnˈvestɪɡeɪt/
[I or T] to examine a crime, problem, statement, etc. carefully, especially to discover the truth: The FBI was called in to investigate. Detectives will continue to investigate the incident.investigate allegations/claims/complaints of sth The office is investigating the allegations of embezzlement.investigate how/whether/why The commission will investigate whether these companies violated anti-trust laws.
[T] to try to discover the truth about someone who is accused of a crime: investigate sb for sth The IRS are investigating Williams for alleged tax fraud.
investigator noun [C]
(Definition of investigate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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