examination

noun
ex·​am·​i·​na·​tion | \ ig-ˌza-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce examination (audio) \

Definition of examination

1 : the act or process of examining : the state of being examined
2 : an exercise designed to examine progress or test qualification or knowledge
3 : a formal interrogation

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Other Words from examination

examinational \ ig-​ˌza-​mə-​ˈnā-​shnəl How to pronounce examinational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for examination

Synonyms

exam, quiz, test

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Examples of examination in a Sentence

On closer examination, the painting appears to be a fake. The victim's clothes were sent to the lab for examination. The police made a rigorous examination of the evidence at the crime scene. The court ordered that the defendant undergo a psychiatric examination. I have to study for the history examination. procedures that are not allowed during examination of witnesses
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Rocket Man Medal for Cultural Diplomacy Itinerant critic Olly Wainwright for looking not just at buildings, but for his colorful examination of the North Korean design gestalt. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 That examination was a top priority of community groups who participated in the review of the inquest proceedings. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Constantine to unveil sweeping changes in inquests into police use of deadly force," 3 Oct. 2018 The National Transportation Safety Board said an investigator will interview Hudgins as that agency begins its examination into what happened. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Retirement dream job’: Pilot of plane that crashed near Ketchikan is former Navy and commercial aviator," 11 July 2018 Rigorous examination of these apps is what motivates psychologist Dror Ben-Zeev, director of mobile mental-health services at the University of Washington. Amy Ellis Nutt, Washington Post, "To Your Health newsletter," 2 July 2018 This examination of the discipline was part of a broader wave of secularization in the humanities. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "What if Napoleon Hadn’t Lost Europe and Other Questions of Alternate History," 14 June 2018 In his cross examination, Butler cited a number of studies in which subjects were strangled but didn't suffer immediate negative effects. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Teen put in chokehold by a fired LMPD officer gives his testimony," 31 May 2018 Tyler Francis, one of Astarita's defense lawyers, during his cross-examination of Terpstra, also highlighted other problems in Terpstra's 3D reconstruction of the shooting scene. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Government expert who did 3D model of Finicum shooting scene admits errors made," 23 May 2018 Our examination of the topic taught us there were many ways in which the industry should have seen this crash coming. Kevin Hrusovsky, STAT, "Peer review could have helped short-circuit the Theranos fake news scandal," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of examination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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examination

noun

English Language Learners Definition of examination

: the act of looking at something closely and carefully : the act of examining something
: a close and careful study of someone or something to find signs of illness or injury
: a test to show a person's progress, knowledge, or ability

examination

noun
ex·​am·​i·​na·​tion | \ ig-ˌza-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce examination (audio) \

Kids Definition of examination

1 : the act of checking closely and carefully The doctor performed an examination of the patient.
2 : a test given to determine progress, fitness, or knowledge a college entrance examination

examination

noun
ex·​am·​i·​na·​tion | \ ig-ˌzam-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce examination (audio) \

Medical Definition of examination

: the act or process of inspecting or testing for evidence of disease or abnormality — see physical examination

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examination

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ex·​am·​i·​na·​tion

Legal Definition of examination

: the act or process of examining especially : a formal questioning especially in a court proceeding — see also cross-examination, direct examination, recross-examination, redirect examination — compare affidavit, deposition

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