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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
How the party labels his ideas matters, with every nuance to be scrutinized by party members and other Chinese for clues to his power.
Source of Wealth: Founded SAC Capital Advisors, a prominent hedge fund that's now being scrutinized by the SEC.
Most every Homeric translation since has been scrutinized against his quartet of qualities.
Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said the industry is prepared to have the devices scrutinized by lawmakers and gun-control advocates.
Your co-worker’s love life is not yours to scrutinize.
To help get around this problem, NASA has been funding Blenner since 2015 to scrutinize a strain of yeast called Yarrowia lipolytica, reports Catherine Caruso for STAT.
The makeup of employees and leadership at technology companies has been heavily scrutinized in recent years, with many firms pledging to take steps to hire a more diverse workforce.
Panelist Mark Halperin agreed, noted all the coverage of the issue, but said scrutinizing of this issue doesn’t amount to much.
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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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