Definition of interrogate in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈterəˌɡāt/


[with object]
1Ask questions of (someone, especially a suspect or a prisoner) closely, aggressively, or formally.
Example sentences
  • He plays with the wording of questions or suddenly interrogates me about my private life.
  • That designation means that United States authorities can interrogate him more aggressively, less encumbered by the legal protections an ordinary citizen would enjoy in a criminal case.
  • Various men would approach Julius and I, usually interrogating us with questions of our commitment and how agreeable Julius truly was.
question, cross-question, cross-examine, quiz, catechize;
interview, examine, debrief, give someone the third degree
informal pump, grill
1.1 Computing Obtain data from (a computer file, database, storage device, or terminal).
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.2(Of an electronic device) transmit a signal to (another device, especially one on a vehicle) to obtain a response giving information about identity, condition, etc.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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Syllabification: in·ter·ro·gate

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