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ve-stīgo , no
I.perf. and sup., āre, 1, v. a. etym. dub.; perh. Sanscr. vahis (bahis), out, and stigh-, to climb; cf. Gr. στίχος, a row, etc.; Angl. -Sax. stīgan; Germ. steigen, to climb.
I. Prop., to follow in the track of; to track, trace out (cf.: rimor, indago, scrutor): germana soror, errare videbar, Tardaque vestigare et quaerere te, Enn. ap. Cic. Div. 1, 20, 40 (Ann. v. 43 Vahl.): “feras vestigat (sc. canis),Sen. Thyest. 496.—With abl.: “fertur (sc. tigris) praeceps, odore vestigans (sc. raptorem),Plin. 8, 18, 25, § 66. —
II. Transf.
A. To find out by tracing, to trace out, discover.
2. Absol.: “dimissis deinde per agros, qui vestigarent,Liv. 32, 26, 13 dub.; cf. Weissenb. ad loc.—
III. Trop.
A. To inquire into, investigate (class.).
1. In simple constr.: “causas rerum,Cic. de Or. 2, 39, 166.—
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