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“investigative” in British English

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investigativeadjective

uk /ɪnˈves.tɪ.ɡə.tɪv/ us /ɪnˈves.tə.ɡə.t̬ɪv/ formal investigatory, uk /ɪnˈves.tɪ.ɡə.tər.i/ us /-tɔːr-/

(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 gathering facts 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 trade association representative 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)