Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To examine by questioning formally or officially. See Synonyms at ask.
  • transitive v. Computer Science To transmit a signal for setting off an appropriate response.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To question or quiz, especially in a thorough or aggressive manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An interrogation; a question.
  • intransitive v. To ask questions.
  • transitive v. To question formally; to question; to examine by asking questions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To question; examine by asking questions: as, to interrogate a witness.
  • Synonyms Inquire, Question, etc. (see ask); catechize.
  • To ask questions.
  • n. A question; an interrogation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. transmit (a signal) for setting off an appropriate response, as in telecommunication
  • v. pose a series of questions to

Etymologies

Middle English enterrogate, from Latin interrogāre, interrogāt- : inter-, in the presence of; see inter- + rogāre, to ask; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin interrogatus, past participle of interrogare ("to ask, question"), from inter ("between") + rogare ("to ask"); see rogation. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As it happens in this utter jumble of a plot, their conversation takes place nearby exactly the sort of man Jonah likes to interrogate, that is, a dead one.

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  • 3. Pick a word or phrase from the definition and interrogate it.

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  • This is generally stuff I've been too liberal artfully educated to not say anything about (Seizer's STIGMA class for the * headdesk*), or, in more ivory tower terms, "interrogate".

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  • Most of the efforts to "interrogate" the canon over the past two decades have not really questioned the need for heirarchy in organizing literary study.

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  • Well, I'm no FBI expert but if you catch a guy possibly responsible for 100+ deaths by a biotoxic, I have a feeling more than one agent would "interrogate" you.

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  • Was the robotic surgeon programmed to heal me, or was it drugging me so they could "interrogate" me?

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  • Don't call in all our bad debt, we told them, and in return we'll label as terrorists these freedom-fighters who want to escape your insane corporate fascismand you can even come to Cuba and "interrogate" them.

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  • Certainly it's interesting to "interrogate" notions of heroism and how they get "constructed" in certain texts (medieval or otherwise) but does that necessitate a rejection of heroism altogether?

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  • And what use is Longfellow to academics who "interrogate" authors '"texts" to illuminate the authors' psyches, ideologies and social situations — the "power relations" of patriarchy, racism, imperialism, etc.?

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  • An Oregon woman has sued the Recording Industry Assocation of America in response to what she calls abusive tactics by the RIAA, including threats to "interrogate" the woman's ten-year-old daughter.

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