- I(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)v. t. prod, pierce, stab; sound, fathom; search, investigate, sift, explore; verify. See inquiry, measurement.II(Roget's IV) n.Syn. exploration, scrutiny, inquiry; see examination 1 .v.Syn. investigate, pierce deeply, penetrate; see examine 1 .III(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)In.investigation, examination, inquiry, inquisition, exploration, study, scrutiny, feeler.IIv.investigate, examine, inquire, look into, explore, study, scrutinize, analyze, check out, poke about, interrogate.IV(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. The act or an instance of exploring or investigating: exploration, investigation, reconnaissance. See INVESTIGATE. 2. Something, as a remark, used to determine the attitude of another: feeler. Idiom: trial balloon. See INVESTIGATE. 3. A seeking of knowledge, data, or the truth about something: inquest, inquiry, inquisition, investigation, research. See INVESTIGATE. II verb 1. To go into or through for the purpose of making discoveries or acquiring information: delve, dig, explore, inquire, investigate, look into, reconnoiter, scout1. See INVESTIGATE. 2. To test the attitude of: feel out, sound3 (out). Idioms: put out feelers, send up a trial balloon. See INVESTIGATE.
English dictionary for students. 2013.