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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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References in classic literature ?
Saxon probed, remembering the unthinkable tale of the other's life.
No, no, my girl, the matter must be probed to the bottom.
For Blanche's sake, the whole thing must be cleared up--probed, my dear, probed to the depths.
During their discourse one of the clerical brothers probed the hedge carefully with his umbrella, and dragged something to light.
Gringoire started, like a man whose wound has been probed to the quick.
The blue trace shows the signal before it was probed and is the same in both cases.