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examine

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of examine

  1. 1 to put a series of questions to the defense attorney was eager to examine her star witness Synonyms of examine catechize, grill, interrogate, pump, query, question, quiz, sweat [slang] Words Related to examine debrief; cross-examine, cross-question; annoy, harass, hound, pester; canvass (also canvas), poll Phrases give the third degree to, pick the brains of

  2. 2 to look over closely (as for judging quality or condition) the customer painstakingly examined the antique piece of furniture from top to bottom before purchasing it Synonyms of examine audit, check (out), con, inspect, overlook, oversee, review, scan, scrutinize, survey, viewWords Related to examine notice, observe, watch; comb, peruse, pore (over); analyze, dissect, parse; delve (into), explore, investigate, plumb, probe, research, study; categorize, classify; pick over; reinspect, rereview, resurveyNear Antonyms of examine skim; glance (at or over); miss, overlook

  3. 3 to search through or into a groundbreaking study that examined the causes of juvenile delinquency Synonyms of examine delve (into), dig (into), explore, inquire (into), investigate, look (into), probe, researchWords Related to examine inspect, sift, study, view; browse, cruise, peruse, scan, skim (through), surf, thumb (through); coinvestigate, reinvestigate

Synonym Discussion of examine

scrutinize, scan, inspect, examine mean to look at or over. scrutinize stresses close attention to minute detail.
    • scrutinized the hospital bill
scan implies a surveying from point to point often suggesting a cursory overall observation.
    • scanned the wine list
inspect implies scrutinizing for errors or defects.
    • inspected my credentials
examine suggests a scrutiny in order to determine the nature, condition, or quality of a thing.
    • examined the specimens


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