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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
At a time when politicians' every utterance—and every tweet—is endlessly scrutinized, In the Loop is a reminder that every word counts.
For example, the department spent 11 months scrutinizing AT&T’s proposed purchase of Time Warner, before suing to block it.
And yet black people continue to be policed more violently and scrutinized more often by law enforcement.
Secret haircuts, feeling the need to look iconic at all times, and being scrutinized by the entire world are just a few of the, uh, perks, that come with being a princess, but clearly Princess Diana knew how to handle living in the public eye.
Investors and asset-management companies such as BlackRock Inc. have also been scrutinizing their holdings’ connections to gun makers.
Ryan Anderson, Attorney General's office spokesman Letterhead exposed forged documents Phoenix city officials began scrutinizing the lobbyist registration status of Burch & Cracchiolo and another lobbyist in early 2017.
Waymo spent the last year suing over Uber’s driverless technology before settling in February, and now that technology is being scrutinized by politicians, investigators, and even Uber’s own suppliers.
The spotlight will now track with Clemens to Omaha, Nebraska, where his actions will be magnified and scrutinized even more thoroughly.
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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.
Synonym Discussion of scrutinize
- scrutinized the hospital bill
- scanned the wine list
- inspected my credentials
- examined the specimens
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
- … I stood still and scrutinized the place where I'd seen movement.
- —Avi, Crispin
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