interrogate

To interrogate is to ask someone a bunch of questions. Usually, it’s the police, FBI, or other law-enforcement officials who interrogate suspects, but your father-in-law may interrogate you about your career plans.

Interrogate comes from the Latin prefix inter-, “between” added to the Latin verb rogare, “to ask.” To interrogate someone is not just asking a few polite questions over a cup of tea. When you interrogate someone there is usually a method to the questioning with a specific mission in mind, like determining a criminal's motive or where she stashed the loot. Your college entrance interview may feel like an interrogation, but their mission is really just to get to know you.

Definitions of interrogate
  1. verb
    pose a series of questions to
    synonyms: question
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    type of:
    ask
    address a question to and expect an answer from
  2. verb
    transmit (a signal) for setting off an appropriate response, as in telecommunication
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    type of:
    air, beam, broadcast, send, transmit
    broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
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