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investigateverb [T]

uk   /ɪnˈves.tɪ.ɡeɪt/ us   /ɪnˈves.tə.ɡeɪt/
B2 to examine a crime, problem, statement, etc. carefully, especially to discover the truth: Police are investigating allegations of corruption involving senior executives. [+ question word] We are of course investigating how an error like this could have occurred.

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(Definition of investigate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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investigateverb [I/T]

us   /ɪnˈves·tɪˌɡeɪt/
to examine something carefully, esp. to discover the truth about it: [I] There was a suspicious man near the playground, and we asked the police to investigate. [T] The school created an independent review board to investigate charges of misconduct.
investigator
noun [C] us   /ɪnˈves·tɪˌɡeɪ·t̬ər/
She hired a private investigator to check into her husband’s activities.
(Definition of investigate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"investigate" in Business English

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investigateverb

uk   /ɪnˈvestɪɡeɪt/ us  
[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]
Investigators discovered that the bank had covered up massive bad loans.
(Definition of investigate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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