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

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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Last week, Trump administration officials came to Los Angeles to examine the homelessness crisis. Dan Simon, CNN, "He was a Yale graduate, Wall Street banker and entrepreneur. Today he's homeless in Los Angeles," 17 Sep. 2019 Mayor London Breed created a task force in March to examine the county’s juvenile justice system, including how best to use its nearly vacant juvenile hall, and to make recommendations for potential reforms, including alternatives to detention. Joaquin Palomino, SFChronicle.com, "SF plans to close juvenile hall, but a new proposal would put more youths there," 16 Sep. 2019 The study, from researchers at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, also in Israel, is meant to examine the possibility of DNA as data storage. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entirety of YouTube Could Fit on a Teaspoon," 13 Sep. 2019 That will give city engineers and contractors the opportunity to dig into the earth to examine the concrete support footings and pilings to see whether those structures were also damaged. oregonlive, "Portland releases dramatic photos of Swan Island bridge damage, plans to reopen third lane soon," 13 Sep. 2019 Join some of National Geographic’s leading explorers on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus to examine the many intersections of technology and exploration. National Geographic, "Engineering and Robotics on the MIT Campus," 10 Sep. 2019 Moving forward, Nicola Davis reports for the Guardian, the researchers hope to examine whether squirrels keep an ear out for particular species and if the rodents rely mainly on bird chatter or general foraging and jostling sounds. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Squirrels Eavesdrop on Birds to Check If Danger Has Passed," 6 Sep. 2019 But University of Missouri anatomy professor Casey Holliday said that he was intrigued by the unusual feature, causing him to examine it more closely. Fox News, "T. rex had an 'air conditioner' in its head, study says," 6 Sep. 2019 In an August letter to employees, Lovell cited impending demographic changes as a reason for asking campus leadership to examine how to save operational costs. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette University cutting faculty and staff 2.5% amid demographic changes," 5 Sep. 2019

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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 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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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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