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investigationnoun [C/U]

 us   /ɪnˌves·tɪˈɡeɪ·ʃən/
the act of examining something carefully, esp. to discover the truth about it: [C] a criminal investigation [U] The cause of the fire is under investigation (= is being examined).
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investigationnoun [C or U]

uk   /ɪnˌves.tɪˈɡeɪ.ʃən/  us   /ɪnˌves.təˈɡeɪ.ʃən/
B2 the act or process of examining a crime, problem, statement, etc. carefully, especially to discover the truth: An investigation has been under way for several days into the disappearance of a 13-year-old boy. a full/thorough investigation of the incident Currently, the individuals who might have caused the accident are subject to/under investigation.

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investigationnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /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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