Definition of “probe” - English Dictionary

“probe” in British English

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probeverb [ 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.

probenoun [ 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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(Definition of “probe” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“probe” in American English

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probeverb [ I/T ]

us /proʊb/

to search into or examine something:

[ I ] Investigators are probing into new evidence in the case.

To probe something with a tool is to examine it:

[ T ] Using a special instrument, the doctor probed the wound for the bullet.

probenoun [ C ]

us /proʊb/

A probe is also a long, thin tool used by doctors in medical examinations or operations.

(Definition of “probe” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“probe” in Business English

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probenoun [ C ]

uk /prəʊb/ us

the process of asking questions and examining facts in a situation, often in order to discover information that someone may be hiding:

corruption/criminal/federal probe Alarm bells rang around the City after the investment bank revealed it had widened its accounting probes.
a probe into sth The fund manager was arrested following a probe into alleged corruption.
launch/conduct/open a probe The Swiss Banking Commission is conducting a probe into possible insider dealing.

probeverb [ I or T ]

uk /prəʊb/ us

to try to discover information about a situation by asking questions and examining facts:

probe into sth High-end investors began to probe into the fund's performance and demanded better returns.
He says the problems prompted him as a journalist to probe deeper, even after the issues disappeared from the media.

(Definition of “probe” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)