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investigation

noun [C or U]
 
 
/ɪnˌvestɪˈɡeɪʃən/
the careful examination of a crime, problem, statement, etc., especially to discover the truth: an investigation into sth An investigation into possible insider dealing has been begun by the stock exchange.the investigation of sth The investigation of the theft of a state data backup device last month continues. The Financial Services Authority launched an investigation. criminal/civil/internal investigationbe under investigation (for sth) Several companies are under investigation for fraud. The Justice Department is conducting investigations of alleged price-fixing at the company. continuing/ongoing investigation
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