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Interrogate Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    interrogate v
  1. transmit (a signal) for setting off an appropriate response, as in telecommunication
  2. pose a series of questions to; "The suspect was questioned by the police"; "We questioned the survivor about the details of the explosion" [syn: question]
Interrogate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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. Wilt thou, uncalled, interrogate, Talker! the unreplying Fate? --Emerson. Syn: To question; ask. See Question.
Interrogate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Interrogate \In*ter"ro*gate\, v. i. To ask questions. --Bacon.
Interrogate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Interrogate \In*ter"ro*gate\, n. An interrogation; a question. [Obs.] --Bp. Hall.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Interrogate'


Interrogation or questioning is interviewing as commonly employed by officers of the police, military, and Intelligence agencies with the goal of extracting a confession or obtaining information. Subjects of interrogation are often the suspects, victims, or witnesses of a crime. Interrogation may involve a diverse array of techniques, ranging from developing a rapport with the subject to outright torture.

There are multiple techniques employed in interrogation including deception, torture, increasing suggestibility, and the use of mind-altering drugs.

A person's suggestibility is how willing they are to accept and act on suggestions by others. Interrogators seek to increase a subject's suggestibility. Methods used to increase suggestibility may include moderate sleep deprivation, exposure to constant white noise, and using GABAergic drugs such as sodium amytal or sodium thiopental.

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  • Oscar Pistorius leaves nightclub after dispute
    South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius was involved in a nightclub dispute over the weekend, after another patron "started to aggressively interrogate him" on matters relating to his murder trial, his spokeswoman says. Read more on this news related to 'Interrogate'
  • Bahrain police interrogate opposition chiefs
    Ali Salman, a cleric who heads Al-Wefaq, was called in on Tuesday along with his political assistant, ex-MP Khalil Marzooq, by Bahrain's Public Security. The interior ministry said they were questioned separately about meeting with visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tom Malinowski. It said the meeting at the US emb Read more on this news related to 'Interrogate'
  • Chelsea Handler to Interrogate the Inmates of Netflix's Hit Series "Orange Is the New Black"
    On Monday, August 4, Chelsea Handler will moderate Netflix's "Orange is the New Black" For Your Consideration Academy Screening Event at the Directors Guild of America theater in Los Angeles. Read more on this news related to 'Interrogate'

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