Synonym Comparison: Probe can be much like investigate, but when used in that sense, it often implies that an organization needs to explore actions that may not have been proper; or that some physical exploration is done as when instruments are used to "probe a wound."
She probed beneath the gum line as she examined his teeth.
A space probe was sent to investigate the planet’s atmosphere.
She probed the anthill with a stick.
Use the probe to test the circuit.
The evil of our crime is not for the human mind to probe.
Ayn Rand -- Anthem
he had tried to probe Murtagh’s consciousness,
Christopher Paolini -- Eragon
His eyes and his mind probed for danger before it appeared.
John Steinbeck -- The Pearl
The Congs we were after had been probing along our defenses, looking for soft spots.
Walter Dean Myers -- Fallen Angels
He keeps probing for more information and I tell him there isn’t any more, that I’ve held nothing back.
Robert Cormier -- I Am the Cheese
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I felt and probed with my fingers.
Wilson Rawls -- Where the Red Fern Grows
She probed the farther darkness with her trained senses.
Frank Herbert -- Dune
Lacerations of the scalp (he probed Does that hurt?)
Ernest Hemingway -- A Farewell to Arms
Dad probed one with his fingers.
Ray Bradbury -- Something Wicked This Way Comes
The cushions we probed with the fine long needles you have seen me employ.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Purloined Letter
Robert Lipsyte -- The Contender
He probed his mind and wondered about the memories he’d had lately.
James Dashner -- The Scorch Trials
"What’s it say?" she probed.
Kiera Cass -- The Elite
It’s probing, the fingertips starting to tap out a Morse code of urgency.
Gayle Forman -- Where She Went
"These things might be atmospheric probes or devices used to measure something they can’t calibrate from space.
Rick Yancey -- The 5th Wave
I massaged the back of Megan’s pencil-thin neck, probing for the telltale lump.
Rick Yancey -- The Infinite Sea
Now Dan looked up, and probed into her eyes.
Dave Eggers -- The Circle
"How come they get them big crackers?" a neighbor from B Dorm asked me, probing the mysteries of faith.
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
She watched me silently as I laid out the instruments, a swab and probe and speculum, with the uses of which, in all frankness, I had no experience whatsover.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
She probed a little more.
Jojo Moyes -- Me Before You
JAN. 28—The initial findings in the probe of the Jan. 22 crash of an American Airlines Convair point to a sharp, almost vertical drop of the plane.
Judy Blume -- In the Unlikely Event
His eyes met hers, probing, intent.
Sarah J. Maas -- Throne of Glass
Therefore we need only probe your knowledge and speed and stamina.
William Goldman -- The Princess Bride
He glared at Hattie, then turned to me, his look probing.
Gail Carson Levine -- Ella Enchanted
Gradually he realized that they were gentle hands, probing and rubbing at one tender spot after another.
Elizabeth George Speare -- The Sign of the Beaver
Charles Wallace looked at Calvin probingly for a moment; then an almost glazed look came into his eyes, and he seemed to be thinking at him.
Madeleine L’Engle -- A Wrinkle in Time
"I was experimenting on chemical fertilizers," Theo replied, wincing as the doctor probed his shoulder for a glass shard.
Ellen Raskin -- The Westing Game
His hand roams up and down and I feel a jolt of shock as he probes the place between my legs, pushes at it with his fingers.
Christina Baker Kline -- Orphan Train
His fingers stopped probing and held on one spot, six inches from the right side of the stainless steel.
David Baldacci -- Zero Day
The robots would have to locate the barrel, insert a probe into a halfinch pipe, and extract a five-hundred-milliliter sample, all while hovering underwater.
Joshua Davis -- Spare Parts
Her hands move ceaselessly, gathering, probing, testing.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
According to some probing on Facebook, you had someone named Daniel Wesley over on Friday night and that resulted in a pregnancy scare.
Colleen Hoover -- Hopeless
We’ve all heard horror stories: pregnant women stripped down and probed in front of everybody, people thrown in jail for two or three years just for looking at a policeman the wrong way, or for trying to prevent a regulator from entering a certain room.
Lauren Oliver -- Delirium
"Aren’t we?" he probes.
Katja Millay -- The Sea of Tranquility
Above us hammer blows and splintering wood showed where a squad of trained searchers was probing for the secret room.
Corrie Ten Boom -- The Hiding Place
For Europe it was one little probe.
V.S. Naipaul -- A Bend in the River
He paused and his eyes morosely probed me for some interpretation of this evil masque.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
The farther back we probe, the more extreme these conditions become.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
While Coach probed for Vee’s pulse, she made swooning motions and fanned herself.
Becca Fitzpatrick -- Hush, Hush
The mustached man, a Scot, and educated, to judge by his accent, was probing the shoulder, making the lad grimace in pain.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
Probe around in your memory, get a general picture of that morning, you know?
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
James Patterson -- 1st to Die
Lightning flashed closer, stabbing down with long, probing fingers.
Ben Mikaeslen -- Touching Spirit Bear
Luma probed, and Jeremiah explained that at a certain time each month, food stamps ran out.