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Interrogation (also called questioning or interpellation) is interviewing as commonly employed by officers of the police, military, and Intelligence agencies with the goal of extracting a confession or obtaining information.

interrogate v 1: transmit (a signal) for setting off an appropriate response, as in telecommunication 2: pose a series of questions to; "The suspect was questioned by the police"; "We questioned the survivor about the details of the explosion" [syn: {question}]

42 Moby Thesaurus words for "interrogate": answer, approach, ask, be curious, burn with curiosity, catechize, communicate with, contact, correspond, dig around for, dig up, establish connection, examine, gape, gawk, get to, inquire, interview, maintain connection, make advances, make contact with, make overtures, make up to, nose around for, nose out, peer, pump, query, question, quiz, raise, reach, relate to, reply to, respond to, rubber, rubberneck, seek, stare, test, want to know, worm out of

Interrogate \In*ter"ro*gate\, n. An interrogation; a question. [Obs.] --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster]

Interrogate \In*ter"ro*gate\, v. i. To ask questions. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Interrogate \In*ter"ro*gate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Interrogating}.] [L. interrogatus, p. p. of interrogare to ask; inter between + rogare to ask. See Rogation.] To question formally; to question; to examine by asking questions; as, to interrogate a witness. [1913 Webster] Wilt thou, uncalled, interrogate, Talker! the unreplying Fate? --Emerson. Syn: To question; ask. See {Question}. [1913 Webster]


An interview is a conversation between two or more people where questions are asked by the interviewer to elicit facts or statements from the interviewee.

interview n 1: the questioning of a person (or a conversation in which information is elicited); often conducted by journalists; "my interviews with teen-agers revealed a weakening of religious bonds" 2: a conference (usually with someone important); "he had a consultation with the judge"; "he requested an audience with the king" [syn: {consultation}, {audience}] v 1: conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting [syn: {question}] 2: discuss formally with (somebody) for the purpose of an evaluation; "We interviewed the job candidates" 3: go for an interview in the hope of being hired; "The job candidate interviewed everywhere"

74 Moby Thesaurus words for "interview": appointment, appraisal, appraise, arrangement, assessment, attention, audience, audition, bargaining, bargaining session, blind date, bugging, catechize, check out, conclave, confab, confabulation, conference, confrontation, congress, consultation, convention, conversation, council, council fire, council of war, date, discussion, double date, ear, eavesdropping, electronic surveillance, engagement, engagement book, evaluate, evaluation, examine, exchange of views, eyeball-to-eyeball encounter, favorable attention, hearing, high-level talk, huddle, interchange of views, interrogate, listening, listening in, meeting, negotiations, news conference, palaver, parley, pourparler, powwow, press conference, pump, query, question, quiz, seance, session, sitting, sound out, summit, summit conference, summitry, talk, talk to, test, tryout, vet, vetting, wiretapping, worm out of

Interview \In"ter*view\, v. t. To have an interview with; to question or converse with, especially for the purpose of obtaining information for publication. [Recent] [1913 Webster]

Interview \In"ter*view\, n. [F. entrevue, fr. entrevoir to see imperfectly, to have a glimpse of, s'entrevoir to visit each other. See {Inter-}, and {View}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A mutual sight or view; a meeting face to face; usually, a formal or official meeting for consultation; a conference; as, the secretary had an interview with the President. [1913 Webster] 2. A conversation, or questioning, for the purpose of eliciting information for publication; the published statement so elicited. [1913 Webster] Note: A recent use, originating in American newspapers, but apparently becoming general. [1913 Webster]

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