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  ( probes    plural & 3rd person present)   ( probing    present participle)   ( probed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you probeinto something, you ask questions or try to discover facts about it.  
The more they probed into his background, the more inflamed their suspicions would become...      V into n  
For three years, I have probed for understanding...      V for n  
The Office of Fair Trading has been probing banking practices...      V n  
The form asks probing questions.      V-ing  
      Probe is also a noun., n-count  
...a federal grand-jury probe into corruption within the FDA.     
  probing     ( probings    plural)    n-count  
If he remains here, he'll be away from the press and their probings.     
2       verb   If a doctor or dentist probes, he or she uses a long instrument to examine part of a patient's body.  
The surgeon would pick up his instruments, probe, repair and stitch up again...      V  
Dr Amid probed around the sensitive area...      V prep/adv  
3       n-count   A probe is a long thin instrument that doctors and dentists use to examine parts of the body.  
...a fibre-optic probe.     
4       verb   If you probe a place, you search it in order to find someone or something that you are looking for.  
A flashlight beam probed the underbrush only yards away from their hiding place...      V n  
I probed around for some time in the bushes.      V adv/prep  
5       verb   In a conflict such as a war, if one side probes another side's defences, they try to find their weaknesses, for example by attacking them in specific areas using a small number of troops.     (JOURNALISM)  
He probes the enemy's weak positions, ignoring his strongholds...      V n  
      Probe is also a noun., n-count  
Small probes would give the allied armies some combat experience before the main battle started.     
6       n-count   A space probe is a spacecraft which travels into space with no people in it, usually in order to study the planets and send information about them back to earth.  
usu n N  

space probe        ( space probes    plural  ) A space probe is a spacecraft with no people in it which is sent into space in order to study the planets and send information about them back to earth.      n-count  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    examine, explore, go into, investigate, look into, query, research, scrutinize, search, sift, sound, test, verify, work over  
2    explore, feel around, poke, prod  
3    detection, examination, exploration, inquest, inquiry, investigation, research, scrutiny, study  

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