Other forms: probing; probed; probes

If you probe something, you investigate it thoroughly. If you go into business with someone, you might probe her finances to make sure that she has a good track record.

Although it is usually used as a verb — "the police probed the man’s disappearance" — it can also be used as a noun to describe an information-gathering device. In 1979 the United States launched the world's first space probe into outer space. It was a spacecraft rigged with cameras, which were used to photograph Jupiter and Saturn.

Definitions of probe
  1. noun
    an exploratory action or expedition
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    type of:
    a careful systematic search
  2. noun
    an investigation conducted using a flexible surgical instrument to explore an injury or a body cavity
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    systematic investigation to establish facts
  3. noun
    a flexible slender surgical instrument with a blunt end that is used to explore wounds or body cavities
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    surgical instrument
    a medical instrument used in surgery
  4. noun
    an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities
    “there was a congressional probe into the scandal”
    synonyms: investigation
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    fishing expedition
    an investigation undertaken in the hope (but not the stated purpose) of discovering information
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    enquiry, inquiry, research
    a search for knowledge
  5. verb
    examine physically with or as if with a probe
    probe an anthill”
    synonyms: dig into, poke into
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    wear or cut gutters into
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    penetrate, perforate
    pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
  6. verb
    question or examine thoroughly and closely
    synonyms: examine
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    enquire, inquire, investigate
    conduct an inquiry or investigation of
    question after cross-examination by opposing counsel
    hear, try
    examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process
    secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage
    rehear, retry
    hear or try a court case anew
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    investigate, look into
    investigate scientifically




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