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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Today, many of those cases have been reopened for further examination, but 61-year-old Wayne is still serving out his two consecutive life sentences at Georgia's Hancock State Prison — and being played by actor Christopher Livingston in Mindhunter. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "What the Real 'Mindhunter' Season 2 Serial Killers Look Like Compared to the Actors," 24 Aug. 2019 Wyatt said money is also needed for training, and to help those who've had their weapons taken away pay for examinations and, if necessary, treatment. NBC News, "'Red flag' laws could reduce gun violence — but not how some lawmakers say," 13 Aug. 2019 Lopez said the pills resembled the street narcotic Ecstasy but were taken to a laboratory for examination. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Loaded gun, drugs alleged in LCF traffic stop," 30 July 2019 Between now and then, almost every single aspect of the team will be dissected for extensive examination. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Six burning questions ahead of the Arizona Cardinals' training camp," 23 July 2019 Harris said Harmon, of Valley, suffered a possible stab wound to the chest, but his body will be taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for an examination. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al.com, "Man dead after stabbing in Lee County," 20 July 2019 The dogs find them in tall grass and return them to researchers for examination and relocation. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Confronting Bias In A.I.: raceAhead," 16 July 2019 The Department of Justice will look at Google, which dominates the online search and advertising spaces, and Apple, whose pervasive App Store is likely to be under examination. Dina Bass, latimes.com, "Microsoft’s past antitrust missteps offer lessons for today’s tech giants," 20 June 2019 Under cross-examination, Gerke was asked by lawyers for the defendants whether she and her wife, who had worked for Fed-Ex, were truly forced to leave their jobs because of their physical injuries. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Jurors in Ride the Ducks trial leave courthouse to view vehicles damaged in deadly crash," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of examination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


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


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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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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