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examine

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of examine

  1. 1 to put a series of questions to <the defense attorney was eager to examine her star witness> Synonyms catechize, grill, interrogate, pump, query, question, quiz, sweat [slang] Related Words debrief; cross-examine, cross-question; annoy, harass, hound, pester; canvass (also canvas), poll Phrases give the third degree to, pick the brains of

  2. 2 to look over closely (as for judging quality or condition) <the customer painstakingly examined the antique piece of furniture from top to bottom before purchasing it> Synonyms audit, check (out), con, inspect, overlook, oversee, review, scan, scrutinize, survey, viewRelated Words notice, observe, watch; comb, peruse, pore (over); analyze, dissect, parse; delve (into), explore, investigate, plumb, probe, research, study; categorize, classify; pick over; reinspect, rereview, resurveyNear Antonyms skim; glance (at or over); miss, overlook

  3. 3 to search through or into <a groundbreaking study that examined the causes of juvenile delinquency> Synonyms delve (into), dig (into), explore, inquire (into), investigate, look (into), probe, researchRelated Words inspect, sift, study, view; browse, cruise, peruse, scan, skim (through), surf, thumb (through); coinvestigate, reinvestigate




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