The Financial Times leads today with ‘Barclays in Qatar loan probe‘.
ABC news this week had a story titled ‘United Nations to probe drone strike deaths.‘
Probe is one of those words which is used more in the media than in everyday conversation. This is because the word is short, and can be used in headlines.
One more example:
And yes, that story’s true!
Probe means to officially find out the truth about what happened in an accident, disaster, or in some other kind of bad news story. It’s a bit like investigate (verb) or investigation (noun).
On Link in English, the site I recently closed down, I regularly wrote about other ‘words in the media.’ Feel free to check these ones too, which are now on Get Into English: