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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·ves·ti·gate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Investigated p. pr. & vb. n. Investigating.]  To follow up step by step by patient inquiry or observation; to trace or track mentally; to search into; to inquire and examine into with care and accuracy; to find out by careful inquisition; as, to investigate the causes of natural phenomena.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and
          systematically [syn: investigation]