Definition of scrutinize
: to examine closely and minutely
: to make a scrutiny
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Examples of scrutinize in a Sentence
I closely scrutinized my opponent's every move.
Her performance was carefully scrutinized by her employer.
Recent Examples of scrutinize from the Web
A major NASA safety advisory group urged the agency to scrutinize SpaceX’s rocket fueling process ahead of future launches of astronauts to the International Space Station.
And that has given fellow Republicans and even some Democrats reason not to scrutinize the more unsavory allegations of his political history.
So does the idea of training an investigative lens on offenders in law enforcement databases in order to scrutinize relations with clean records.
Because the benefits are valuable, the Internal Revenue Service scrutinizes such returns, and many taxpayers have lost court cases on these issues.
Getty Take the time to scrutinize your ticket and travel documents.
Scrutinize the timeline, the logic, and Phil may have lived February 2 on repeat for a hundred years.
And so Darwin’s idea about the evolution of human kindness as a result of war has been dusted off and scrutinized.
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Did You Know?
A close look at the etymology of scrutinize reveals that the word stems from the Latin verb scrutari (meaning "to search" or "to examine"), which in turn probably comes from scruta (meaning "trash," or more specifically "a mixture of worthwhile articles and trash"). In the 15th century scrutari gave us the noun scrutiny, a word that originally meant "a formal vote" and then "an official examination of votes." Scrutinize retained reference to voting, with the meaning "to examine votes," at least into the 18th century-and even today in Britain a scrutineer is a person who counts votes.
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SCRUTINIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of scrutinize for English Language Learners
: to examine (something) carefully especially in a critical way
SCRUTINIZE Defined for Kids
Definition of scrutinize for Students
: to examine very closely … I stood still and scrutinized the place where I'd seen movement. — Avi, Crispin
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