investigative Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “investigative” in the English Dictionary

"investigative" in British English

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investigativeadjective

uk   /ɪnˈves.tɪ.ɡə.tɪv/  us   /-t̬ɪv/ (formal investigatory, uk   /ɪnˈves.tɪ.ɡə.tər.i/  us   /-tɔːr-/ )
intended to ​examine a ​situation in ​order to ​discover the ​truth: Children are ​encouraged to take an investigative ​approach to ​learning. the investigatory ​panel
(Definition of investigative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"investigative" in American English

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investigativeadjective

 us   /ɪnˈves·tɪˌɡeɪ·t̬ɪv/
intended to ​examine something ​carefully, esp. to ​discover the ​truth about it: an investigative ​panel He's one of the paper's ​strongest investigative ​reporters (= someone whose ​job is ​gatheringfacts to be ​published).
(Definition of investigative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"investigative" in Business English

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investigativeadjective

uk   /ɪnˈvestɪɡətɪv/  us   /ɪnˈvestɪɡeɪtɪv/ LAW
relating to the discovery of ​information about something, especially something that may be ​illegal: Allowing a ​tradeassociationrepresentative to have ​access to the investigative ​information would be problematic. The Attorney General announced an investigative ​inquiry into the ​organization. an investigative ​agency/body/​committee
(Definition of investigative from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “investigative”
in Chinese (Simplified) 为揭开真相而调查/审查…
in Turkish araştırma/soruşturma/inceleme ile ilgili…
in Russian занимающийся расследованием…
in Chinese (Traditional) 調查研究的, 偵查的…
in Polish śledczy…
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