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There was a congressional probe into the scandal.
  to investigate; or an investigation


any of various instrument used for investigation — such as:
  • an instrument to measure electronic voltage
  • a surgical tool used for examination
  • an unmanned spacecraft used for exploration
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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."
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  • There was a congressional probe into the scandal.
  • 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.

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  • 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
  • Fingers probed.
    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
  • Jenks probed.
    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.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • I expect Niles to keep probing, but he doesn’t.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
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