examine

verb
ex·​am·​ine | \ig-ˈza-mən \
examined; examining\ ig-​ˈzam-​niŋ , -​ˈza-​mə-​ \

Definition of examine 

transitive verb

1a : to inspect closely

b : to test the condition of

c : to inquire into carefully : investigate

2a : 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

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Other Words from examine

examinable \ ig-​ˈza-​mə-​nə-​bəl \ adjective
examiner \ ig-​ˈzam-​nər , -​ˈza-​mə-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for examine

scrutinize, scan, inspect, examine mean to look at or over. scrutinize stresses close attention to minute detail. scrutinized the hospital bill scan implies a surveying from point to point often suggesting a cursory overall observation. scanned the wine list inspect implies scrutinizing for errors or defects. inspected my credentials examine suggests a scrutiny in order to determine the nature, condition, or quality of a thing. examined the specimens

Examples of examine in a Sentence

An accountant has been hired to examine the company's books. The police examined the evidence carefully. You should have your eyes examined. He was examined by several doctors, who found nothing wrong with him.
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Manhattan federal prosecutors who investigated Mr. Cohen are now examining business dealings by the Trump Organization, according to people familiar with the matter. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "House Democrats to Probe Trump’s Role in Hush Payments," 11 Nov. 2018 For months, Mueller has been seeking to question Trump as part of his investigation, which is also examining whether the president has sought to obstruct the probe. Matt Zapotosky, The Seattle Times, "With the midterms over, special counsel Mueller faces key decisions in Russia investigation," 7 Nov. 2018 The Defense Department is examining newly scientific tools, like genetic engineering, brain chemistry, and shrinking robotics, for even more dramatic enhancements. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Short-Term Superhuman: If We Create Augmented Soldiers, Can We Turn Them Back?," 25 Sep. 2018 One of the hardest parts of my journey was examining my identity as a runner. SELF, "How Intuitive Eating Helped Me Stop Counting Calories and Following Impossible Food Rules," 24 Aug. 2018 Brents is also working out with the Cardinals' football team while awaiting approval from the NCAA clearinghouse, which is examining his transcripts in order to determine his eligibility to play this season. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Former Waggener star Jairus Brents enrolls, awaiting NCAA clearance," 13 July 2018 Health insurance companies are also examining how to proceed. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati hospitals reluctantly realize that medical marijuana is coming to town," 11 July 2018 Police spokesperson Captain Mali Govender told The Herald Live that police are examining the rifles found at the scene to see if they have been used in other poaching crimes. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Lions killed poachers, leaving behind shoes, rifles and 'not much' else, officials say," 5 July 2018 Alderman Matt Rosek, who voted against the extension, thinks Matter has had enough time to examine the property. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Potential senior development site in Oconomowoc gets extension to review land," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of examine

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for examine

Middle English, from Anglo-French examiner, from Latin examinare, from examen

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The first known use of examine was in the 14th century

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examine

verb

English Language Learners Definition of examine

: 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

examine

verb
ex·​am·​ine | \ig-ˈza-mən \
examined; examining

Kids Definition of examine

1 : to look at or check carefully He had his eyes examined.

2 : to question closely The police examined a witness.

examine

verb
ex·​am·​ine | \ig-ˈzam-ən \
examined; examining\ -​(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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examine

transitive verb
ex·​am·​ine
examined; examining

Legal Definition of examine 

1 : to investigate or inspect closely examine the title — compare audit

2 : to question closely especially in a court proceeding — compare depose

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