AskDefine | Define investigation

Dictionary Definition



1 an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities; "there was a congressional probe into the scandal" [syn: probe]
2 the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically [syn: investigating]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The act of investigating; the process of inquiring into or following up; research; study; inquiry, esp. patient or thorough inquiry or examination; as, the investigations of the philosopher and the mathematician; the investigations of the judge, the moralist.


Extensive Definition

Investigation is the process of inquiring into a matter through research, follow-up, study, or formal procedure of discovery. The term may refer to any of the following:

See also

investigation in Simple English: Investigation
investigation in German: Ermittlung
investigation in Finnish: Esitutkinta
investigation in Swedish: Förundersökning
investigation in Newari: अनुसन्धान

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

airing, amassing evidence, analysis, buzz session, canvassing, close inquiry, colloquium, conference, consideration, debate, debating, deliberation, delving, department of investigation, detection, detective work, dialectic, dialogue, discussion, enquiry, examination, exchange of views, exhaustive study, exploration, forum, hearing, indagation, inquest, inquiry, inquisition, interrogation, investigative bureau, joint discussion, legislative investigation, legwork, logical analysis, logical discussion, observation, observing, open discussion, open forum, panel discussion, perscrutation, probe, probing, quest, questioning, rap, rap session, research, review, scrutiny, search, seminar, sifting, sleuthing, sounding, study, survey, surveying, symposium, town meeting, treatment, ventilation, witch-hunt
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