interrogate
in·ter·ro·gate /in-'ter-ə-ˌgāt/ vt -gat·ed, -gat·ing: to question formally and systematically; esp: to gather information from (a suspect) by means that are reasonably likely to elicit incriminating responses see also miranda rights
◇ Under Rhode Island v. Innis, 446 U.S. 291 (1980), interrogating includes not just express questioning, but also any words or actions that the police should know are reasonably likely to elicit an incriminating response. Asking questions that are normally asked in the course of arrest or booking (such as questions about name or age) is not considered interrogation.
in·ter·ro·ga·tion /in-ˌter-ə-'gā-shən/ n
in·ter·ro·ga·tor /in-'ter-ə-ˌgā-tər/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

interrogate
I verb ask, badger, catechize, conduct an inquiry, cross-examine, delve into, grill, heckle, inquire, interpellate, investigate, pose, probe, prosecute an inquiry of, put questions to, question, quiz, require an answer II index cross-examine, inquire, investigate, pose (propound), probe

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


interrogate
v.
To question; to ask questions of someone such as a suspected criminal, often in a close or formal way.
n.
interrogation

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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  • Interrogate — In*ter ro*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Interrogating}.] [L. interrogatus, p. p. of interrogare to ask; inter between + rogare to ask. See Rogation.] To question formally; to question; to examine by asking questions; as, to interrogate a witness.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interrogate — [in ter′ə gāt΄] vt. interrogated, interrogating [< L interrogatus, pp. of interrogare, to ask < inter , between + rogare, to ask: see ROGATION] to ask questions of formally in examining [to interrogate a witness] vi. to ask questions SYN.… …   English World dictionary

  • Interrogate — In*ter ro*gate, v. i. To ask questions. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Interrogate — In*ter ro*gate, n. An interrogation; a question. [Obs.] Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interrogate — (v.) late 15c., a back formation from interrogation, or else from L. interrogatus, pp. of interrogare to ask, question (see INTERROGATION (Cf. interrogation)). Related: Interrogated; interrogating …   Etymology dictionary

  • interrogate — question, catechize, quiz, examine, *ask, query, inquire Contrasted words: *answer, reply, respond, rejoin, retort …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • interrogate — [v] ask pointed questions catechize, cross examine, cross question, examine, give the third degree*, go over*, grill, inquire, investigate, pump, put the screws to*, put through the wringer*, query, question, quiz, roast*, sweat out*, work over*; …   New thesaurus

  • interrogate — ► VERB 1) ask questions of (someone) closely, aggressively, or formally. 2) obtain data or information automatically from (a device, database, etc.). DERIVATIVES interrogation noun interrogator noun. ORIGIN Latin interrogare question …   English terms dictionary

  • interrogate — UK [ɪnˈterəɡeɪt] / US [ɪnˈterəˌɡeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms interrogate : present tense I/you/we/they interrogate he/she/it interrogates present participle interrogating past tense interrogated past participle interrogated 1) to ask someone …   English dictionary

  • interrogate — interrogable /in ter euh geuh beuhl/, adj. interrogatingly, adv. interrogee /in ter euh gee /, n. /in ter euh gayt /, v., interrogated, interrogating. v.t. 1. to ask questions of (a person), sometimes to seek answers or information that the… …   Universalium

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