carefully, closely, in detail
adequately, fully, properly, thoroughly

The allegations have not yet been properly investigated.

actively, vigorously

He claimed the Army had failed to vigorously investigate the case.

empirically, experimentally, rigorously, scientifically
ask sb to, be called in to

Police have been called in to investigate the complaints.

decide to
agree to, pledge to (esp. BrE), promise to

The company has promised to investigate claims that its products are unsafe.

aim to, be designed to, seek to

He is being investigated for illegal business dealings.

Investigate is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑detective, ↑enquiry, ↑journalist, ↑jury, ↑officer, ↑panel, ↑police, ↑prosecutor, ↑research, ↑researcher, ↑study
Investigate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑abuse, ↑affair, ↑allegation, ↑aspect, ↑case, ↑cause, ↑charge, ↑claim, ↑complaint, ↑corruption, ↑crime, ↑death, ↑disappearance, ↑distribution, ↑effect, ↑effectiveness, ↑extent, ↑feasibility, ↑impact, ↑incidence, ↑incident, ↑influence, ↑irregularity, ↑link, ↑matter, ↑mechanism, ↑misuse, ↑murder, ↑nature, ↑origin, ↑phenomenon, ↑possibility, ↑problem, ↑relationship, ↑report, ↑role, ↑scandal, ↑sighting, ↑subject, ↑utility, ↑validity, ↑violation, ↑workings

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