- investigate in‧ves‧ti‧gate [ɪnˈvestgeɪt] verb [intransitive, transitive]to try to discover the truth about a crime, accident etc:
• The fraud office is investigating allegations of insider trading by a former employee of the firm.— investigation noun [countable, uncountable] :
• a banker under criminal investigation
• a federal investigation into junk bond trading— investigator noun [countable] :
• a government investigator
* * *investigate UK US /ɪnˈvestɪgeɪt/ verb► [I or T] to examine a crime, problem, statement, etc. carefully, especially to discover the truth: »
The FBI was called in to investigate.»
Detectives will continue to investigate the incident.investigate allegations/claims/complaints of sth »
The office is investigating the allegations of embezzlement.investigate how/whether/why »
The commission will investigate whether these companies violated anti-trust laws.► [T] to try to discover the truth about someone who is accused of a crime: investigate sb for sth »
The IRS are investigating Williams for alleged tax fraud.investigator noun [C]► »
Investigators discovered that the bank had covered up massive bad loans.
Financial and business terms. 2012.