Meaning of PROBE in English

(~s, probing, ~d)


If you ~ into something, you ask questions or try to discover facts about it.

The more they ~d into his background, the more inflamed their suspicions would become...

For three years, I have ~d for understanding...

The Office of Fair Trading has been probing banking practices...

The form asks probing questions.

VERB: V into n, V for n, V n, V-ing

Probe is also a noun.

...a federal grand-jury ~ into corruption within the FDA.


probing (probings)

If he remains here, he’ll be away from the press and their probings.



If a doctor or dentist ~s, he or she uses a long instrument to examine part of a patient’s body.

The surgeon would pick up his instruments, ~, repair and stitch up again...

Dr Amid ~d around the sensitive area...

VERB: V, V prep/adv


A ~ is a long thin instrument that doctors and dentists use to examine parts of the body.

...a fibre-optic ~.



If you ~ a place, you search it in order to find someone or something that you are looking for.

A flashlight beam ~d the underbrush only yards away from their hiding place...

I ~d around for some time in the bushes.

VERB: V n, V adv/prep


In a conflict such as a war, if one side ~s another side’s defences, they try to find their weaknesses, for example by attacking them in specific areas using a small number of troops. (JOURNALISM)

He ~s the enemy’s weak positions, ignoring his strongholds...


Probe is also a noun.

Small ~s would give the allied armies some combat experience before the main battle started.



A space ~ is a spacecraft which travels into space with no people in it, usually in order to study the planets and send information about them back to earth.

N-COUNT: usu n N

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