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

Synonyms for examine

Synonyms

catechize, grill, interrogate, pump, query, question, quiz, sweat [slang]

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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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What the attack did to the ship—and its crew—is examined scrupulously, point by point. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter’ Review: The Depths of Tragedy," 3 Jan. 2019 Artificial intelligence is a process: something to be examined, deliberated, and — if all goes well — understood. James Vincent, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: AI," 30 Dec. 2018 The sword is currently being examined by conservators, but there's tentative plans for its exhibition in at least a year, reports Sweden's The Local. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "8-Year-Old Girl Finds 1,500-Year-Old Sword Hidden in Swedish Lake," 5 Oct. 2018 There, gems are examined for such qualities as color, clarity, crown angle, and depth percentage. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "How to Spot Fake Jewelry, According to the Experts," 17 Sep. 2018 Not all the details of their accounts could be independently confirmed, but their stories — which raise reasonable doubts over their guilt — were not closely examined in court before they were condemned to die. Hamza Hendawi, Washington Post, "A neighbor’s word can bring death sentence in Iraq IS trials," 9 July 2018 Blakewell lured the dog out with a squeak toy later that afternoon, CBS affiliate WTVR reports, and Princeton was taken to a veterinarian to be examined for injures. CBS News, "Dog feared dead in Virginia helicopter crash found alive inside damaged home," 9 July 2018 But nobody's examined the texts of the people working for him. NBC News, "Meet the Press - July 8, 2018," 8 July 2018 Police are waiting for the body to be examined to determine whether the man was shot. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Hartford Police: Man Found Dead After Reports Of Gunshots," 25 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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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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