examine

verb
ex·​am·​ine | \ ig-ˈza-mən How to pronounce examine (audio) \
examined; examining\ ig-​ˈzam-​niŋ How to pronounce examine (audio) , -​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 How to pronounce examine (audio) \ adjective
examiner \ ig-​ˈzam-​nər How to pronounce examine (audio) , -​ˈza-​mə-​ \ noun

Synonyms for examine

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The exhibition will examine 60 works by Giacometti focusing on the years from 1945 to his death in 1966. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Museum of Art announces new exhibits for 2021-2022 including big show on sculptor Alberto Giacometti," 29 Apr. 2021 The Wall Street Journal reported in April that the Justice Department has formed a task force dedicated to ransomware, which will examine links between cybercriminals and nation-states, among other areas. James Rundle, WSJ, "Ransomware Now Seen as Threat to National Security," 29 Apr. 2021 On today’s Brainstorm podcast episode, Michal Lev-Ram and Brian O’Keefe examine what the ATT means for rivaling tech giants Apple and Facebook, as well as for smaller businesses and consumers. Fortune, "The battle of two tech giants," 29 Apr. 2021 The hearing before a panel of judges will examine a Dallas County jury’s 2019 decision to sentence Guyger to 10 years in prison for murder. NBC News, "Court to hear appeal of former Dallas officer who killed Botham Jean," 27 Apr. 2021 The hearing before a panel of judges will examine a Dallas County jury's 2019 decision to sentence Guyger to 10 years in prison for murder. Fox News, "Texas court to hear appeal of Amber Guyger, ex-cop who killed neighbor," 27 Apr. 2021 The hearing before a panel of judges will examine a Dallas County jury's 2019 decision to sentence Guyger to 10 years in prison for murder. Chron, "Court to hear appeal of Dallas officer who killed neighbor," 27 Apr. 2021 As the Rams prepare for the NFL draft, The Times will examine their roster. Gary Klein Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "NFL draft: With Matthew Stafford on board, Rams appear set at quarterback," 26 Apr. 2021 The investigation will examine whether officers used unreasonable force, including during peaceful protests, engaged in unconstitutional stops and seizures, unlawful search warrant executions in houses and discriminated against people based on race. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: What's all the hype about 100 days?," 26 Apr. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Examine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/examine. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce examine (audio) \
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 How to pronounce examine (audio) \
examined; examining\ -​(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce examine (audio) \

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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