Synonyms & Antonyms of scan

(Entry 1 of 2)

to look over closely (as for judging quality or condition)
  • scanned the manuscript carefully for any overlooked errors

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  • glance (at or over)



Synonyms of scan (Entry 2 of 2)

a close look at or over someone or something in order to judge condition
  • gave the car a good scan to see if it was worth buying

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

Some common synonyms of scan are examine, inspect, and scrutinize. While all these words mean "to look at or over," scan implies a surveying from point to point often suggesting a cursory overall observation.

scanned the wine list

When is it sensible to use examine instead of scan?

The words examine and scan can be used in similar contexts, but 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 scan?

The meanings of inspect and scan largely overlap; however, inspect implies scrutinizing for errors or defects.

inspected my credentials

When could scrutinize be used to replace scan?

In some situations, the words scrutinize and scan are roughly equivalent. However, scrutinize stresses close attention to minute detail.

scrutinized the hospital bill

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

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“Scan.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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