Definition of examine
- examine a prisoner
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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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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