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  ( investigates    3rd person present)   ( investigating    present participle)   ( investigated    past tense & past participle  ) If someone, especially an official, investigates an event, situation, or claim, they try to find out what happened or what is the truth.      verb  
Gas officials are investigating the cause of an explosion which badly damaged a house in Hampshire...      V n  
Police are still investigating how the accident happened.      V wh, Also V  
  investigation     ( investigations    plural)    n-var   oft N into n  
He ordered an investigation into the affair...     
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consider, enquire into, examine, explore, go into, inquire into, inspect, look into, make enquiries, probe, put to the test, recce     (slang)   research, scrutinize, search, sift, study, work over  

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