Simple Definition of examine
: to look at (something) closely and carefully in order to learn more about it, to find problems, etc.
: to test or look carefully at (something or someone) for signs of illness or injury
law : to question (someone) closely
Full Definition of examine
ex·am·inedex·am·in·ing play \-ˈzam-niŋ, -ˈza-mə-\
Examples of examine
An accountant has been hired to examine the company's books.
The police examined the evidence carefully.
You should have your eyes examined.
He was examined by several doctors, who found nothing wrong with him.
Origin of examine
Middle English, from Anglo-French examiner, from Latin examinare, from examen
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of examine
Rhymes with examine
Medical Definition of examine
: to inspect or test for evidence of disease or abnormality <the doctor examined the young men and found them in perfect health>
: to make or give an examination <the doctor will examine at the infirmary>
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