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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 first task for a service dog partner is to find a veterinarian accredited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and qualified to issue and sign health certificates after examining the dog. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "Traveling with a service animal doesn’t have to be difficult. New book explains how.," 14 Nov. 2019 By examining Myrick’s journey through the system, Judd set out to see if the state is equipped to deal with our most troubled young people, particularly those who commit violent crimes. Kevin Riley, ajc, "Shining a light on Ga. juvenile justice," 10 Nov. 2019 Neither Uber nor Lyft appeared at a recent House Transportation subcommittee hearing aimed at examining safety and labor practices. Greg Bensinger, courant.com, "Sen. Blumenthal calls on Uber, Lyft to share data on risky drivers, implement fingerprinting," 8 Nov. 2019 Mason Bright’s injuries Texas Children’s Hospital doctors reported the following after examining 5-month-old Mason. NBC News, "She called 911 after her baby fell. Weeks later, CPS took her children.," 7 Nov. 2019 The medical examiner’s office had made a second discovery in examining the body. Joe Sexton, ProPublica, "Journalism That Holds Power to Account," 3 Nov. 2019 If the earlier seasons of Silicon Valley satirized the absurdity of the tech bubble by examining how quickly a startup can rise and fall (and rise again), the sixth season appears to be targeting morality in the industry. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Silicon Valley Questions the Morality of Success," 28 Oct. 2019 Stagg picks apart modern dating by examining her own experiences and giving us picturesque vignettes about young people living with bedbugs. Zoë Hu, The New Republic, "Natasha Stagg Has No Illusions," 28 Oct. 2019 Luckily, for those interested in examining the differences, Moore’s Watchmen novel is currently on sale at its lowest price ever on Amazon, according to price tracker app Honey. Nina Huang, EW.com, "HBO’s Watchmen is finally here, and you can get the original book on sale now," 23 Oct. 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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18 Nov 2019

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The first known use of examine was in the 14th century

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examine

verb
How to pronounce examine (audio)

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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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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