Synonyms & Antonyms of scrutinize

to look over closely (as for judging quality or condition)
  • the project's time constraints make it impossible for the programmers to scrutinize every line of code, so some bugs should be expected

Synonyms for scrutinize

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Near Antonyms for scrutinize

  • glance (at or over)
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How is the word scrutinize different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of scrutinize are examine, inspect, and scan. While all these words mean "to look at or over," scrutinize stresses close attention to minute detail.

scrutinized the hospital bill

When might examine be a better fit than scrutinize?

The words examine and scrutinize are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, examine suggests a scrutiny in order to determine the nature, condition, or quality of a thing.

examined the specimens

When is inspect a more appropriate choice than scrutinize?

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

inspected my credentials

When could scan be used to replace scrutinize?

In some situations, the words scan and scrutinize are roughly equivalent. However, scan implies a surveying from point to point often suggesting a cursory overall observation.

scanned the wine list

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The first known use of scrutinize was in 1671

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“Scrutinize.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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