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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The temptation, within any major tournament, is to examine the likely contenders in search of some broader theme, some sweeping narrative. New York Times, 22 July 2022 Step one on the path to reconciliation is to examine how the interplay between their upbringings and attachment styles contributed to the affair. Esme Benjamin, ELLE, 14 July 2022 Consider Your Original Mission's Relevancy To resolve this issue, the first step is to examine your original vision, mission and values statements. Expert Panel, Forbes, 11 July 2022 The main focus of the telescope will be to examine distant galaxies and peer at the farthest objects in the universe. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, 8 July 2022 The unit’s mandate was broad: to re-examine possible innocence cases, excessive sentences, and people who were stuck in prison due to unfair prosecutorial conduct. Jamiles Lartey, NBC News, 6 July 2022 Right now, Rogers says the next steps are to examine biological aspects of the human body to improve the device’s functionality. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 June 2022 The space agency says its key focus will be to examine unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) from a scientific perspective. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 12 June 2022 My job is to examine what happened in Monroe County and present that and let everyone else make their own judgments and have their own opinions. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for examine

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

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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