Definition of interrogate in English:

interrogate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Ask questions of (someone, especially a suspect or a prisoner) closely, aggressively, or formally.

    • ‘He struggled against the tight ropes keeping him bound to a chair as a medium sized French officer interrogated him.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was interrogated by the Home Office but we still don't know why it happened.’
    • ‘Various men would approach Julius and I, usually interrogating us with questions of our commitment and how agreeable Julius truly was.’
    • ‘They both interrogated me with repetitive questions about my life away from them in California.’
    • ‘People are talking about the difficulty of interrogating him, given how high-profile he is.’
    • ‘They interrogated me for two hours, mainly starting with profiling questions.’
    • ‘For another half hour or so he was again interrogated - being asked questions he had already answered the night before.’
    • ‘The manner in which he asked the question made it seem like he was interrogating us.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There, a man interrogated her with questions like, ‘What time was it?’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was really confused, but decided not to question or interrogate her - yet.’
    • ‘She liked the fact that her brother was respecting her privacy for once in his life, and didn't interrogate her with endless questions.’
    question, put questions to, cross-question, cross-examine, quiz, probe, catechize, sound out
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    1. 1.1Computing Obtain data from (a computer file, database, storage device, or terminal).
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘While pretending to interrogate the terminal, I extended my hearing.’
      • ‘‘We discovered the mood-regulating circuit by using the gene to interrogate the imaging data,’ explained Weinberger.’
      • ‘Such exercises encourage thoroughness, both in interrogating the data at hand and in providing an account of how an analysis was developed.’
      • ‘Once coding had been achieved, the data were interrogated and systematically explored to generate meaning.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Open source methodologies used in software are interrogated and then compared to the methods used in farmers' rights groups.’
      • ‘The first stage is to interrogate the data through filtering of noise and converting the data into a more friendly format.’
      • ‘These were used to compile the list of information items for which sites were interrogated for this research.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 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.
      • ‘Radar is the vital part of the IFF system, interrogating unit-based transponders and reading responses.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When patients with ICDs expire, it is appropriate to interrogate the device to determine whether device malfunction contributed to death.’
      • ‘Every child could have embedded location detectors and many houses could have electronics for interrogating such detectors.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In such electrically passive topologies, the lasers and receivers are located remotely from the sensor arrays and interrogate the sensors via fiber-optic links.’
      • ‘Other EPIRBs interrogate the aircraft's onboard GPS equipment for position information.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

interrogate

/inˈterəˌɡāt//ɪnˈtɛrəˌɡeɪt/