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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
Starmer suggested the studies should be released to Parliament’s Committee on Exiting the European Union, a cross-party panel that scrutinizes the government’s Brexit policy.
From the ages of 10 to 18 Malia lived in one of the most watched, reported on, and scrutinized houses in the world.
As one of the world’s largest corporations, Apple's tax practices have been scrutinized in recent years.
Those evaluators scrutinized each application and conducted interviews and site visits before making a recommendation.
On the same day as the vote, Diack transferred about $300,000 to Frankie Fredericks, a former sprinter from Namibia and rising star of the Olympic movement who happened to be one of three people scrutinizing the vote.
For van den Broek, scrutinizing the complex wiring in skin cells is about more than just capturing compelling images.
Airline employees that fail to scrutinize passports and visas will get hit for it: If a passenger is denied entry in the U.S. upon landing, the airline has to pay to fly the passengers back home, and can get slapped with a hefty fine.
In the gallery at Lyme Academy College of Fine Art in Old Lyme hangs an artwork by Bénédicte Vanderreydt. The photograph depicts a darkened scene in which a roomful of identically-dressed men, their faces painted gray, scrutinize a nude woman.
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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.
First Known Use of scrutinize
Synonymsaudit, check (out), con, examine, overlook, oversee, review, scan, inspect, survey, view
Related Wordsnotice, observe, watch; comb, peruse, pore (over); analyze, dissect, parse; delve (into), explore, investigate, plumb, probe, research, study; categorize, classify; pick over; reinspect, rereview, resurvey
Near Antonymsskim; glance (at or over); miss, overlook
Synonym Discussion of scrutinize
- scrutinized the hospital bill
- scanned the wine list
- inspected my credentials
- examined the specimens
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