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


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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Second, Tennant’s attorneys may have worried that the interview would be similar to a cross-examination. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Examining Every Aspect of the Luke Walton Investigation and Considering Next Steps," 27 Aug. 2019 Magdalena spoke to the nurse behind the desk and they were ushered back into the examination room. Stephanie Green, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Host Mother," 20 July 2019 To be located on the third floor of the Bloomington mall’s east end, the 2,300-square-foot location will have five examination rooms. Katrina Pross, Twin Cities, "Mall of America to open walk-in health clinic this fall," 16 July 2019 Marwa, aged 2 months, was lying in the immobile on an examination table, too weak to cry, her ribs jutting from her tiny frame. Washington Post, "New suffering for the children of the ISIS caliphate as hunger and sickness spread," 20 June 2019 Added will be rooms for private consultation and large examination rooms for cancer and hematology patients. Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune, "Cancer suvivors celebrate with testimonials, activities," 7 June 2019 One of my colleagues joked that the new desks remind her of an examination room at the gynecologist’s office, lots of white with nowhere to hang any personal effects. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Sorry Marie Kondo—I Love Mess!," 12 Feb. 2019 Last week, USA Today published its annual examination of athletic department financial data, which is taken from the 2018 revenue and expense reports produced by the schools. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: How big is your subsidy? Pac-12 athletic departments receive more than $75 million in campus support," 21 Aug. 2019 Its wry examination of very British conflicts — both personal and political — is campy and damning at the same time. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: 10 binge-worthy TV shows to watch before the Emmy Awards," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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