Definition of interrogate in English:

interrogate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Ask questions of (someone) closely, aggressively, or formally:

    ‘he was interrogated by MI6’
    • ‘People are talking about the difficulty of interrogating him, given how high-profile he is.’
    • ‘The manner in which he asked the question made it seem like he was interrogating us.’
    • ‘They both interrogated me with repetitive questions about my life away from them in California.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was really confused, but decided not to question or interrogate her - yet.’
    • ‘He struggled against the tight ropes keeping him bound to a chair as a medium sized French officer interrogated him.’
    • ‘For another half hour or so he was again interrogated - being asked questions he had already answered the night before.’
    • ‘One woman told reporters that officers had held her face down at gunpoint, interrogated her in front of her two young children and turned the residence ‘upside down’.’
    • ‘Various men would approach Julius and I, usually interrogating us with questions of our commitment and how agreeable Julius truly was.’
    • ‘The Bill increases the length of time that police officers can interrogate someone arrested for a federal ‘terrorist offence’ from 4 hours to 24 hours.’
    • ‘They interrogated me for two hours, mainly starting with profiling questions.’
    • ‘I haven't personally interrogated anyone, but I know of an interrogation that took place in the field of battle or operations that I was a part of.’
    • ‘As our circulation got going again, the pain became excruciating - and it was then, when we were doubled up in agony on the floor, that they started interrogating us about who we were and what we had been doing.’
    • ‘There, a man interrogated her with questions like, ‘What time was it?’’
    • ‘If you are interrogating someone, perhaps they will clam up about some interesting questions, but at least you can be precise about what you are asking.’
    • ‘No, I told you, do not ask me questions; you cannot interrogate me.’
    • ‘Five days later he was handed over to the US military and transferred to a US navy ship where American military and later Australian intelligence officers interrogated him.’
    • ‘She liked the fact that her brother was respecting her privacy for once in his life, and didn't interrogate her with endless questions.’
    • ‘He was interrogated by the Home Office but we still don't know why it happened.’
    • ‘He plays with the wording of questions or suddenly interrogates me about my private life.’
    question, put questions to, cross-question, cross-examine, quiz, probe, catechize, sound out
    interview, examine, debrief
    pump, grill, give someone the third degree, put someone through the third degree, put the screws on, put someone through the wringer, worm something out of someone
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  • 2Obtain data from (a computer file, database, storage device, or terminal):

    ‘an interactive system enables users to interrogate the database’
    • ‘Such exercises encourage thoroughness, both in interrogating the data at hand and in providing an account of how an analysis was developed.’
    • ‘‘We discovered the mood-regulating circuit by using the gene to interrogate the imaging data,’ explained Weinberger.’
    • ‘When a normal search is undertaken, the query compiler interrogates each table within the scope of the search and returns a list of full-text fields for each.’
    • ‘Developers really need to understand the widgets with which they're working and must know how to configure and interrogate them using low-level calls directly to the widgets themselves.’
    • ‘Once coding had been achieved, the data were interrogated and systematically explored to generate meaning.’
    • ‘It took a further few to interrogate the database and identify the first target.’
    • ‘We had built a kind of typewriter device that would enable you to interrogate what, at the time, seemed to be a huge database.’
    • ‘The first hits obtained with the E. coli queries were used in turn to interrogate the databases.’
    • ‘These were used to compile the list of information items for which sites were interrogated for this research.’
    • ‘I successfully managed to interrogate their website and was duly instructed that I must copy my passport and provide two recent photos in person at my branch for security reasons.’
    • ‘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 stage is to interrogate the data through filtering of noise and converting the data into a more friendly format.’
    • ‘Open source methodologies used in software are interrogated and then compared to the methods used in farmers' rights groups.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While pretending to interrogate the terminal, I extended my hearing.’
    1. 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’
      • ‘When patients with ICDs expire, it is appropriate to interrogate the device to determine whether device malfunction contributed to death.’
      • ‘In server mode, the nodes continuously interrogate the tracking systems or other parent server nodes for position information and make the information available for the clients.’
      • ‘As with autos, a technician will diagnose problems by plugging in a handheld computer that interrogates the engine and all other boat systems, revealing the cause of the problem and in many cases, recommending the fix.’
      • ‘Other EPIRBs interrogate the aircraft's onboard GPS equipment for position information.’
      • ‘On the other hand, my cannula was well positioned and my antibiotics were given intravenously with great regularity, and my cardiac monitor was interrogated and monitored regularly.’
      • ‘When the device was interrogated, no evidence was found that a shock had been delivered.’
      • ‘After the procedure, the PPM/ICD should always be interrogated to ensure that device function and/or programming have not been altered.’
      • ‘For a complete answer we're afraid you'll need to go to a BMW dealer who will have the electronic gear to interrogate the system.’
      • ‘I'm talking about things like being able to interrogate the network remotely from the NOC to understand where the circuit cards are, down to the inventory level.’
      • ‘In such electrically passive topologies, the lasers and receivers are located remotely from the sensor arrays and interrogate the sensors via fiber-optic links.’
      • ‘Not to dwell on the food-shopping angle, but imagine the convenience of bagging your groceries as you go up and down the aisles, then having the checkout device interrogate your entire shopping cart.’
      • ‘Radar is the vital part of the IFF system, interrogating unit-based transponders and reading responses.’
      • ‘Each well is thus optically wired such that it can be individually interrogated.’
      • ‘These currents make it more difficult to use an electrostatic field to interrogate the system.’
      • ‘Every child could have embedded location detectors and many houses could have electronics for interrogating such detectors.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

interrogate

/ɪnˈtɛrəɡeɪt/