Synonyms & Antonyms of examine

1 to put a series of questions to
  • the defense attorney was eager to examine her star witness

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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

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  • glance (at or over)
3 to search through or into
  • a groundbreaking study that examined the causes of juvenile delinquency

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How is the word examine different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of examine are inspect, scan, and scrutinize. While all these words mean "to look at or over," examine suggests a scrutiny in order to determine the nature, condition, or quality of a thing.

examined the specimens

When would inspect be a good substitute for examine?

The words inspect and examine can be used in similar contexts, but inspect implies scrutinizing for errors or defects.

inspected my credentials

In what contexts can scan take the place of examine?

The meanings of scan and examine largely overlap; however, scan implies a surveying from point to point often suggesting a cursory overall observation.

scanned the wine list

When is scrutinize a more appropriate choice than examine?

Although the words scrutinize and examine have much in common, scrutinize stresses close attention to minute detail.

scrutinized the hospital bill

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The first known use of examine was in the 14th century

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“Examine.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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