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probe for

1. To inquire of or interrogate someone for some information. The detective has been probing the suspect for info about the criminal organization. I wish you wouldn't probe me for details after every date I go on!
2. To search some place or thing for something, especially when one does not have a clear idea of where to look. Let me probe the cupboard for something to eat. We'll need to probe our emails for the document you're looking for.
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probe into (something)

To begin inquiring into or investigating something. Regulators are probing into the company's records to see what led to its collapse and the knock-on effect that had on the global economy. I've been asked to probe into the incident and see what I can find.
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probe into something

to investigate something. The police will probe into the matter and report to the commissioner. We will take some time and probe into that for you.
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probe something for something

to poke around in something for something. He probed his memory for some clue as to where he had been on that date. Sam probed the darkened space for the tool that he had mislaid.
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He probingly asks in response to the obnoxious student Price's insistence on the "here and now," "But what is this much-adduced Here and Now?
Olson's spent the last decade making a name for himself through several collections of carnivalesque, probingly philosophical, yet no-less-immediate and, indeed, masterful prose poems.
And the Letheby & Christopher Chase unfolded just as the prophet of profit Tom Segal so probingly predicted in his Pricewise column with Joe Lively, the worst horse in the race, coming out much the best despite a mistake at the second-last that would have undone a horse without his unyielding grit.
Moreover, beyond offering the rather bland observation that Goethe's Prometheus "articulates different modes of transgression, a topic explored most probingly by Michel Foucault," (p.
Guyton is an artist thinking probingly about the history of painting and its place in the contemporary world, and producing deeply satisfying work at the same time.
if so, none of the multiple moral dilemmas of military medical ethics that Michael Gross examines so probingly in this book would need to be addressed.
McBride's critical vision is penetrating, his topics wide-ranging, his analysis probingly substantial, and his frequent accounts of personal experiences throughout the book astounding in their boldness and effectiveness.
71) But the now salient divide between the Old World and the New is more probingly examined by looking at deeper cultural factors and the accretion of perceptions and interpretations over longer stretches of time.
It is amply and probingly illustrated by close reference to, among other texts, Maupertuis's Venus physique and Reflexions philosophiques sur l'origine des langues and Diderot's Reve de d'Alembert, Pensees sur l'interpretation de la nature, and the article 'Encyclopedie'.