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examine

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verb ex·am·ine \ig-ˈza-mən\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of examine

examined

examining

play \-ˈzam-niŋ, -ˈza-mə-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to inspect closely b :  to test the condition of c :  to inquire into carefully :  investigate

  3. 2 a :  to interrogate closely <examine a prisoner> b :  to test by questioning in order to determine progress, fitness, or knowledge

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make or give an examination

examinable

play \-ˈza-mə-nə-bəl\ adjective

examiner

play \-ˈzam-nər, -ˈza-mə-\ noun

Examples of examine in a sentence

  1. An accountant has been hired to examine the company's books.

  2. The police examined the evidence carefully.

  3. You should have your eyes examined.

  4. He was examined by several doctors, who found nothing wrong with him.



Origin and Etymology of examine

Middle English, from Anglo-French examiner, from Latin examinare, from examen


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of examine

scrutinize, scan, inspect, examine mean to look at or over. scrutinize stresses close attention to minute detail <scrutinized the hospital bill>. scan implies a surveying from point to point often suggesting a cursory overall observation <scanned the wine list>. inspect implies scrutinizing for errors or defects <inspected my credentials>. examine suggests a scrutiny in order to determine the nature, condition, or quality of a thing <examined the specimens>.

Rhymes with examine

backgammon



EXAMINE Defined for Kids

examine

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verb ex·am·ine \ig-ˈza-mən\

Definition of examine for Students

examined

examining

  1. 1 :  to look at or check carefully <He had his eyes examined.>

  2. 2 :  to question closely <The police examined a witness.>




Medical Dictionary

examine

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verb ex·am·ine \ig-ˈzam-ən\

Medical Definition of examine

examined

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examining

\-(ə-)niŋ\play
  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to inspect or test for evidence of disease or abnormality <the doctor examined the young men and found them in perfect health>

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to make or give an examination <the doctor will examine at the infirmary>




Law Dictionary

examine

transitive verb ex·am·ine

Legal Definition of examine

examined

examining

  1. 1 :  to investigate or inspect closely <examine the title> — compare audit

  2. 2 :  to question closely especially in a court proceeding — compare depose





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