An interrogation is a question or an intense questioning session. Police do interrogations of suspects all the time.

Have you ever heard someone say, "What is this? An interrogation?" People say that when they feel like they're being questioned a little too much. An interrogation can mean a single question or a series of questions. Police stations usually have interrogation rooms for questioning suspects. When someone is doing an interrogation, they're looking for answers, and it's usually about something very serious.

Definitions of interrogation

n an instance of questioning

enquiry, inquiry, query, question
the speech act of replying to a question
Type of:
inquiring, questioning
a request for information

n formal systematic questioning

examination, interrogatory
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a series of question put to an individual (such as a political candidate) to elicit their views
(law) a pretrial interrogation of a witness; usually conducted in a lawyer's office
a severe interrogation (often violating the rights or privacy of individuals)
third degree
interrogation often accompanied by torture to extort information or a confession
(law) close questioning of a hostile witness in a court of law to discredit or throw a new light on the testimony already provided in direct examination
direct examination
(law) the initial questioning of a witness by the party that called the witness
redirect examination, reexamination
(law) questioning of a witness by the party that called the witness after that witness has been subject to cross-examination
the questioning of a person (or a conversation in which information is elicited); often conducted by journalists
report of a mission or task
employment interview, job interview
an interview to determine whether an applicant is suitable for a position of employment
telephone interview
an interview conducted over the telephone
Type of:
inquiring, questioning
a request for information

n a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply

“he had trouble phrasing his interrogations
interrogative, interrogative sentence, question
a question asked in cross-examination
leading question
a question phrased in such a way as to suggest the desired answer; a lawyer may ask leading questions on cross-examination
yes-no question
a question that can be answered by yes or no
Type of:
a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language

n a transmission that will trigger an answering transmission from a transponder

Type of:
communication by means of transmitted signals

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