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probe

verb [I or T] uk   /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. 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.

probe

noun [C] uk   /prəʊb/  us   /proʊb/
an attempt to discover information by asking a lot of questions: an FBI probe into corruption a Justice Department probe into the Democrats' fund raising specialized medical a long, thin metal tool used by doctors to examine inside someone specialized science a device that is put inside something to test or record information
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