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
Instead of being supported, their behavior or clothing is scrutinized.
Instead of scrutinizing the verbiage, focus on the numbers in the sales contract, Weintraub says.
The study also gives paleontologists new reason to scrutinize early Paleocene rocks, not to mention existing museum collections, for signs of other representatives of modern bird groups, Witmer says.
The department argued then that the law not only had a discriminatory effect, but that its passage after Texas state lawmakers scrutinized racial differences in access to identification also constituted a discriminatory intent.
Readers often greet anonymous sources with suspicion, and journalism ethicists often scrutinize the practice, but newsrooms still rely on them when significant stories would otherwise go untold.
In relation to the BOE’s new revamp, the NAO recommended the BOE should consider doing more to empower staff, scrutinize costs and better measure progress against its objectives.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the second-most powerful Republican in the Senate, is drafting a bill that would give it more power to more closely scrutinize technology investment from China.
Though Hansen and supporters claim, rightly, that traffic and parking at his Sodo site trump the current KeyArena conditions, that won’t be the only aspect the city scrutinizes.
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scrutinize This Word's Etymology
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
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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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