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- investigate:  To investigate something is etymologically to look for traces, or ‘vestiges’, of it. The word comes from Latin investīgāre ‘search into’, a compound verb based on vestīgāre ‘track, trace’. This in turn was a derivative of vestīgium ‘footprint’, hence ‘track, trace’ (source of English vestige).
- investigate (v.)
- c. 1500, back-formation from investigation, or else from Latin investigatus, past participle of investigare "to trace out, search after" (see investigation). Related: Investigated; investigating.
- 1. We were asked to investigate the alleged inconsistencies in his evidence.
- 2. The two sides agreed to set up a commission to investigate claims.
- 3. He felt impelled to investigate further.
- 4. The FBI has been called in to investigate.
- 5. We should not jump to conclusions. Let's investigate first.
- 我们不应草率下结论, 还是先调查一下吧.
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