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 Field Museum’s crocodilian collection is one of its most frequently used collections, examined most often by paleontologists to compare with dinosaurs. Marie Fazio, chicagotribune.com, "As the Humboldt Park alligator remains elusive, here are 5 things to know about crocodilians," 11 July 2019 According to the sheriff’s office, Igor appeared to be in good shape and was being examined by a veterinarian. USA TODAY, "Ink library, parking barnacles, lunar training grounds: News from around our 50 states," 9 July 2019 Each building would need to be examined more closely and undergo extensive testing to gauge its vulnerability; some may be safe, some may turn out not to be concrete. Rosanna Xia, latimes.com, "Is my building vulnerable in a big earthquake? Here's how to find out," 9 July 2019 Some patients were sent home without being examined by an attending physician. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Beaumont Health to partner with Ohio hospital system," 9 July 2019 All soggy scooters will be examined by the company’s mechanics, with any necessary repairs or part replacements made before returning to service. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Flash floods in Washington, DC take their toll on dockless bikes and scooters," 8 July 2019 There are other murals to be examined — like the work by Anton Refregier in the Rincon Center. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "It starts with painting over murals and removing mission bells. Where does it end?," 6 July 2019 She was then examined by a nurse, who noted the woman had an electric device implanted in her chest designed to stop epileptic seizures. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Denver jail deputy fired, 2 others disciplined for not helping woman suffering from hours of epileptic seizures in cell," 3 July 2019 For the record, AARP has not taken a position on any of the major overhaul proposals and will not do so before they are fully examined. Dena Bunis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your guide to the debate on the future of health care," 28 June 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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