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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to inquire into)
a. investigar
My friend doesn't trust his business partner, and hired a detective to investigate him.Mi amigo no confía en su socio, y contrató a un detective para que lo investigue.
b. hacer indagaciones
The local police is investigating the recent robbery.La policía local está haciendo indagaciones sobre el reciente robo.
c. examinar
Let me investigate your case and I will get back to you.Déjeme examinar su caso y me pondré en contacto con usted.
d. estudiar
We should investigate all options before we choose a wedding venue.Debemos estudiar todas las opciones antes de seleccionar el sitio para la boda.
2. (to research)
a. investigar
Many scientists have investigated the causes of migraine.Muchos científicos han investigado las causas de la migraña.
b. hacer una investigación
I want to investigate what the best methods are for learning languages.Quiero hacer una investigación acerca de los mejores métodos para aprender idiomas.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (to explore)
a. investigar
I wonder what happened with the chocolates I left here. I'll investigate.No sé que pasó con los chocolates que dejé aquí. Voy a investigar.
b. hacer averiguaciones
Who gave the order? - We don't know yet, but we're investigating.¿Quién dio la orden? - Todavía no lo sabemos, pero estamos haciendo averiguaciones.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I don't know what happened yet, but I'll investigate.Todavía no sé qué ocurrió, pero trataré de averiguarlo.
What's the fire brigade doing here? Shall we go and investigate?¿Qué hacen aquí los bomberos? ¿Vamos a ver qué pasa?
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. investigar
investigate [ɪnˈvestɪɡeɪt]
transitive verb
1 (inquire into) [+crime, case] investigar; [+person] hacer indagaciones sobre; [+claim, possibility] examinar; estudiar; [+complaint] estudiar
police are investigating two possibilities la policía está investigando dos posibles pistas
We're investigating a burglary which took place on Monday they are investigating the death of her husband I am investigating a possible breach of the Official Secrets Act I was not allowed to speak to the police officers investigating the case Prosecutors in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are investigating the possibility of filing criminal charges He's not investigating any other possibilities why don't you investigate the possibility of studying part time? The Texas Commission on Human Rights is investigating complaints that Klan groups are intimidating people we always investigate customer complaints they have established an independent review commission to investigate complaints against the police The Monopolies Commission yesterday said it would investigate claims of price-fixing among leading perfume manufacturers claims that one of their police officers was bribed are being investigated
2 (inspect) examinar
a wary kitten started investigating every inch of skirting-board There were swarms of children investigating the round tower
3 (research) investigar; llevar a cabo una investigación sobre
psychologists investigating the thinking processes that characterize creative or gifted people a research project investigating mothers' attitudes and practices with respect to their task of providing health care for their young children One team has been investigating the immunobiology of ovarian cancer
intransitive verb
I heard a noise downstairs, I'd better go and investigate he oído un ruido abajo, mejor que vaya a investigar
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