examine

verb
ex·​am·​ine | \ ig-ˈza-mən How to pronounce examine (audio) \
examined; examining\ ig-​ˈzam-​niŋ How to pronounce examining (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 examinable (audio) \ adjective
examiner \ ig-​ˈzam-​nər How to pronounce examiner (audio) , -​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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Recent Examples on the Web Since the advent of the pandemic, auction houses have had to rely on more routine online-only sales to generate revenue, which require bidders to buy items without physically examining their quality or condition. Scott Reyburn, New York Times, "Christie’s Gets Creative for 20th-Century Art Auction in July," 15 May 2020 Patients download an app and talk for 10 to 20 minutes with doctors who virtually examine patients with many types of conditions. Caleb Melby, Bloomberg.com, "N.Y. Hospitals Pitch Tents, Nix Surgeries to Gird for Influx," 15 May 2020 But this story seems to be an argument for, well, thinking about conspiracy thinking—for examining it as a sort of American folklore. Ellen Cushing, The Atlantic, "How Robin Sloan Created ‘The Conspiracy Museum’," 15 May 2020 But in the 1,600 room rentals examined by The Post, there were no examples of a rate that low. Joshua Partlow, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s company has received at least $970,000 from US taxpayers for room rentals," 15 May 2020 This piece examines her rise: Washington Post – Women missing from the war room. Fortune, "How she fundraised for her startup while quarantined with 6 kids," 15 May 2020 One study of 180 patients examined first by a paramedic and then by a physician found the examiners disagreeing on only two cases. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Emergency Medical Workers Are Integral to the Fight Against Coronavirus. Just a Few Decades Ago, America's EMS System Didn't Even Exist," 15 May 2020 So cats may be useful for examining how the virus spreads. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "From Hamsters to Baboons: The Animals Helping Scientists Understand the Coronavirus," 14 May 2020 Hartman said that isn't happening, noting the Pentagon’s Defense Counterintelligence Security Agency examined the company last year to ensure its work was secure from foreign interference. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Mark Kelly's business subsidies, ties to Chinese tech firm under fire," 14 May 2020

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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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19 May 2020

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“Examine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/examine. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for examine

examine

verb
How to pronounce examine (audio)

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 examining (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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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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