examine

play
verb ex·am·ine \ig-ˈza-mən\

Definition of examine

examined

;

examining

play \ig-ˈzam-niŋ, -ˈza-mə-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to inspect closelyb :  to test the condition ofc :  to inquire into carefully :  investigate

  3. 2a :  to interrogate closely examine a prisonerb :  to test by questioning in order to determine progress, fitness, or knowledge

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make or give an examination

examinable

play \ig-ˈza-mə-nə-bəl\ adjective

examiner

play \ig-ˈzam-nər, -ˈza-mə-\ noun

Examples of examine in a Sentence

  1. An accountant has been hired to examine the company's books.

  2. The police examined the evidence carefully.

  3. You should have your eyes examined.

  4. He was examined by several doctors, who found nothing wrong with him.

Recent Examples of examine from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'examine'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of examine

Middle English, from Anglo-French examiner, from Latin examinare, from examen

Synonym Discussion of examine

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


EXAMINE Defined for English Language Learners

examine

play
verb

Definition of examine for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

examine

play
verb ex·am·ine \ig-ˈza-mən\

Definition of examine for Students

examined

;

examining

  1. 1 :  to look at or check carefully He had his eyes examined.

  2. 2 :  to question closely The police examined a witness.


Medical Dictionary

examine

play
verb ex·am·ine \ig-ˈzam-ən\

Medical Definition of examine

examined

;

examining

\-(ə-)niŋ\play
  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to inspect or test for evidence of disease or abnormality the doctor examined the young men and found them in perfect health

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to make or give an examination the doctor will examine at the infirmary


Law Dictionary

examine

transitive verb ex·am·ine

Legal Definition of examine

examined

examining

  1. 1 :  to investigate or inspect closely examine the title — compare audit

  2. 2 :  to question closely especially in a court proceeding — compare depose



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up examine? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to be a fixed element or attribute

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

July 2017 Words of the Day Quiz

  • alt-597a99e699d07
  • Which is a synonym of gauche?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!