examine

verb ex·am·ine \ ig-ˈza-mən \

Definition of examine

examined; examining play \ig-ˈzam-niŋ, -ˈza-mə-\
transitive verb
1 a :to inspect closely
b :to test the condition of
c :to inquire into carefully :investigate
2 a :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

examinable

play \ig-ˈza-mə-nə-bəl\ adjective

examiner

play \ig-ˈzam-nər, -ˈza-mə-\ noun

Examples of examine in a Sentence

  1. An accountant has been hired to examine the company's books.

  2. The police examined the evidence carefully.

  3. You should have your eyes examined.

  4. He was examined by several doctors, who found nothing wrong with him.

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Origin and Etymology of examine

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

examine Synonyms

Synonyms
catechize, grill, interrogate, pump, query, question, quiz, sweat [slang], give the third degree to, pick the brains of
Related Words
debrief; cross-examine, cross-question; annoy, harass, hound, pester; canvass (also canvas), poll
Near Antonyms
skim; glance (at or over); miss, overlook

Synonym Discussion of 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


EXAMINE Defined for English Language Learners

examine

verb

Definition of examine for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

examine

verb ex·am·ine \ ig-ˈza-mən \

Definition of examine for Students

examined; examining
1 :to look at or check carefully
  • He had his eyes examined.
2 :to question closely
  • The police examined a witness.

Medical Dictionary

examine

verb ex·am·ine \ ig-ˈzam-ən \

medical Definition of examine

examined; examining play \-(ə-)niŋ\
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

Law Dictionary

examine

transitive verb ex·am·ine

legal Definition of examine

examined; examining
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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