verb \ig-ˈza-mən\

: 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

ex·am·inedex·am·in·ing \-ˈzam-niŋ, -ˈza-mə-\

Full Definition of EXAMINE

transitive verb
a :  to inspect closely
b :  to test the condition of
c :  to inquire into carefully :  investigate
a :  to interrogate closely <examine a prisoner>
b :  to test by questioning in order to determine progress, fitness, or knowledge
intransitive verb
:  to make or give an examination
ex·am·in·able \-ˈza-mə-nə-bəl\ adjective
ex·am·in·er \-ˈzam-nər, -ˈza-mə-\ noun

Examples of EXAMINE

  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 of EXAMINE

Middle English, from Anglo-French examiner, from Latin examinare, from examen
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to EXAMINE

catechize, grill, interrogate, pump, query, question, quiz, sweat [slang], give the third degree to, pick the brains of
See Synonym Discussion at scrutinize

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis

Rhymes with EXAMINE


verb \ig-ˈzam-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)
ex·am·inedex·am·in·ing \-(ə-)niŋ\

Medical Definition of EXAMINE

transitive verb
: to inspect or test for evidence of disease or abnormality <the doctor examined the young men and found them in perfect health>
intransitive verb
: to make or give an examination <the doctor will examine at the infirmary>


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