Meaning of PROBE in English

/ prəʊb; NAmE proʊb/ verb , noun

■ verb


probe (into sth) to ask questions in order to find out secret or hidden information about sb/sth

SYN investigate :

[ v ]

He didn't like the media probing into his past.

[ vn ]

a TV programme that probed government scandals in the 1990s

[also v speech ]


[ vn ] to touch, examine or look for sth, especially with a long thin instrument :

The doctor probed the wound for signs of infection.

Searchlights probed the night sky.

■ noun


probe (into sth) (used especially in newspapers) a thorough and careful investigation of sth :

a police probe into the financial affairs of the company


(also ˈspace probe ) a spacecraft without people on board which obtains information and sends it back to earth


( technical ) a long thin metal tool used by doctors for examining inside the body


( technical ) a small device put inside sth and used by scientists to test sth or record information



late Middle English (as a noun): from late Latin proba proof (in medieval Latin examination), from Latin probare to test. The verb dates from the mid 17th cent.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.