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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The decision, which offered a rare opportunity for election skeptics to examine Dominion machines, was celebrated by Trump’s campaign. Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2021 The decision, which offered a rare opportunity for election skeptics to examine Dominion machines, was celebrated by Trump’s campaign. Washington Post, 9 May 2021 The Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program was announced in a public solicitation for bids to examine the future of warfare. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, 30 Apr. 2021 Ben-Zion is from Egypt’s Elephantine island, and this fact allows Ozick to examine some of that island’s complicated Jewish history. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2021 While on vacation in the Bahamas, the unexpected arrival of one’s ex-husband causes some longtime friends to examine the strength of their own marriages. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Creating the characters of Neil and Anita, two young people who came of age in Georgia in the early 2000s, also allowed Sathian to examine the South Asian experience in the South. NBC News, 9 Apr. 2021 But the widespread introduction of weighted student funding policies has allowed researchers to examine the effects of financial incentives on charter school enrolment. Nick Morrison, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 Whole genome sequencing allows scientists to examine the genetic material of pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 1 Apr. 2021

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Examine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/examine. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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 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

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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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