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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The goal of her research was to examine the relationship between stress and health among African-American women. Jameelah Nasheed, SELF, "Strong Black Women Need Therapy, Too," 23 Apr. 2019 For her, standing up to that pressure means continuing to examine parenthood in print. Olga Mecking, Good Housekeeping, "I Need My Instagram to Be a Place Where I Can Take a Break from Being a Mother," 28 Mar. 2019 Future research can examine universes with different strengths of the strong nuclear force, the strongest known force between particles, which binds protons together in atomic nuclei, despite their mutual repulsion, Howe said. Charles Q. Choi, Space.com, "Why Alternate Universes Might Also Host Life Around their Stars," 26 Sep. 2018 Read More The Fed examined how local banks would fare in another downturn. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte's big banks plan to boost their dividends, buy back more stock," 28 June 2018 The luggage goes through the X-Ray machine, and TSA officers examine pictures of that bag from a separate room. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "United to demonstrate new automated security lanes at IAH," 27 June 2018 Lucy Diavolo examines the possibility that some supposedly impossible feats still might be easier than getting President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "4 Things That Might Be Easier Than Getting Donald Trump’s Tax Returns," 15 Apr. 2019 In a world where brides are purchasing multiple looks and changing one or more times per event, Wang examines an aesthetic this season where one gown can showcase multiple personalities. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: BAZAAR Bride's First Look at Vera Wang Bride Spring 2020," 12 Apr. 2019 WASHINGTON—Congress for the better part of two years has been examining the origins of the probe that became special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Byron Tau, WSJ, "A Timeline of Events That Provided Original Basis of Mueller Investigation," 25 Mar. 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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