Definition of interrogate in English:


Line breaks: in|ter¦ro|gate
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtɛrəgeɪt


[with object]
  • 2Obtain data from (a computer file, database, storage device, or terminal): an interactive system enables users to interrogate the database
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    • There are now increasing numbers of projects which aim systematically to sequence insertion sites, so that mutant isolation will simply involve interrogating databases and then requesting seed.
    • The first hits obtained with the E. coli queries were used in turn to interrogate the databases.
    • BGT opted to build a web-based system that would allow customers to interrogate the data held in its databases and pull down the information relevant to them on an ‘as-needed’ basis.
  • 2.1(Of an electronic device) transmit a signal to (another device, especially one on a vehicle) to obtain information about identity, condition, etc.: a ground-based transmitter sends a signal to interrogate an instrument on the aircraft
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    • Every child could have embedded location detectors and many houses could have electronics for interrogating such detectors.
    • When the device was interrogated, no evidence was found that a shock had been delivered.
    • In such electrically passive topologies, the lasers and receivers are located remotely from the sensor arrays and interrogate the sensors via fiber-optic links.



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  • One way of ignoring questions being asked by interrogators is to pick a spot on the wall of the interview room and concentrate on it, avoiding eye contact.
  • Maybe the Scotland coach was entitled to be appalled that one of his interrogators last week questioned the value of playing Austria.
  • The interrogators - who questioned me at gunpoint - said if I confessed I'd be going home.


late 15th century: from Latin interrogat- 'questioned', from the verb interrogare, from inter- 'between' + rogare 'ask'.

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