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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
State regulators, scientists and conservationists are increasingly scrutinizing waste water disposal.
Freshman Jake Allen was scrutinized at the end of his high school career.
The Europe Commission is scrutinizing rulings associated with a tax structure through which a Dutch entity paid royalties to a Luxembourg subsidiary.
The government is scrutinizing the documents of another 19 foreign aid groups to determine whether they should be allowed to remain in the country.
Dressed in a dusty-pink sports bra and a matching wrap skirt over cream shorts, Nyong’o groans half-jokingly during the strenuous warm-up, then scrutinizes her pole with seriousness.
The Juneau Borough scrutinized the three cannabis business operations before granting a conditional use permit, or CUP.
Government regulators, including the CFPB and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, have been scrutinizing the bank for multiple scandals in its consumer business since at least 2016.
Government regulators, including the CFPB and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, have been scrutinizing issues in the bank’s consumer business dating back to at least 2016.
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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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