in·ves·ti·gate /in-'ves-tə-ˌgāt/ vb -gat·ed, -gat·ing
vt: to observe or study by close examination and systematic inquiry; specif: to make (a criminal suspect) the subject of inquiry and study for the purpose of establishing probable cause
vi: to make a systematic examination; esp: to conduct an official inquiry
in·ves·ti·ga·tion /in-ˌves-tə-'gā-shən/ n
in·ves·ti·ga·tion·al /-shə-nəl/ adj
in·ves·ti·ga·tive /in-'ves-tə-ˌgā-tiv/ adj
in·ves·ti·ga·tor /-ˌgā-tər/ n
in·ves·ti·ga·to·ry /in-'ves-tə-gə-ˌtōr-ē/ adj

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

I verb analyze, ask, cognoscere, collect facts, conduct an inquiry, consider, deliberate upon, delve into, dig into, discuss, dissect, examine, examine in detail, examine the particulars, examine with care and accuracy, explore, go into, hold an inquiry, inquire into, inquire into systematically, inspect, interrogate, look into, peer into, perscrutari, probe, pursue an inquiry, quaerere, question, reconnoiter, review, scan, scrutinize, search into, seek information regarding, study in detail, survey, take evidence, track, track mentally associated concepts: investigate a crime, investigate charges, investigate the merits of a case II index analyze, audit, canvass, check (inspect), consider, deliberate, delve, discover, examine (study), frisk, inquire, monitor, notice (observe), peruse, probe, research, review, scrutinize, search, study, trace (follow), treat (process)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To examine the facts surrounding an incident as part of a formal inquiry into the matter.

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

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