examine

The verb examine means to study something carefully and in great detail. You can examine a book, a painting, a person’s face and so on. Right now, you are examining the meaning of examine.

Examine means to look at something very closely and usually with the purpose of making a judgment. If you go to see a doctor, the doctor will examine you to see if you are healthy. Examine can also mean “question.” When the police examine a witness, they are questioning that witness. Along these same lines, examine can also be used to mean “test.” You might examine, or test, your friend’s knowledge of biology by asking him repeated questions about that subject.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: examine

1
v
observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
2
v
question or examine thoroughly and closely
3
v
put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: examine
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v observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect

“The customs agent examined the baggage”
Synonyms:
see
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search
subject to a search
x-ray
examine by taking x-rays
candle
examine eggs for freshness by holding them against a light
autopsy
perform an autopsy on a dead body; do a post-mortem
auscultate
examine by auscultation
survey
look over carefully or inspect
glance over, rake, run down, scan, skim
examine hastily
scan
examine minutely or intensely
peruse
examine or consider with attention and in detail
scrutinise, scrutinize, size up, take stock
to look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail
look, search
search or seek
inspect
look over carefully
check
make an examination or investigation
go over, review, survey
hold a review (of troops)
hunt
search (an area) for prey
raid
search for something needed or desired
frisk
search as for concealed weapons by running the hands rapidly over the clothing and through the pockets
strip-search
search (someone) for weapons or drugs by having the person remove their clothes
scan
make a wide, sweeping search of
go, rifle
go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way
rummage
search haphazardly
comb, ransack
search thoroughly
glass
scan (game in the forest) with binoculars
flick, flip, leaf, riff, riffle, thumb
look through a book or other written material
cruise
look for a sexual partner in a public place
prospect
search for something desirable
perambulate
make an official inspection on foot of (the bounds of a property)
case
look over, usually with the intention to rob
vet
examine carefully
overlook
watch over
horn in, intrude, nose, poke, pry
search or inquire in a meddlesome way
screen, test
test or examine for the presence of disease or infection
countercheck
check a second time
breathalyse, breathalyze
test someone's alcohol level in his blood by means of a breathalyzer

v consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

Synonyms:
analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, study
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anatomize
analyze down to the smallest detail
diagnose, name
determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis
diagnose
subject to a medical analysis
appraise, survey
consider in a comprehensive way
survey
make a survey of; for statistical purposes
compare
examine and note the similarities or differences of
check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, go over, look into, suss out
examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition
assay
analyze (chemical substances)
reexamine, review
look at again; examine again
audit, inspect, scrutinise, scrutinize
examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification
screen
examine methodically
follow, trace
follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something
investigate, look into
investigate scientifically
sieve, sift
check and sort carefully
consider, look at, view
look at carefully; study mentally
explore
examine (organs) for diagnostic purposes
explore
examine minutely
explore, research, search
inquire into
explore
travel to or penetrate into
analogise, analogize
make an analogy
collate
compare critically; of texts
bioassay
subject to a bio-assay
probe
question or examine thoroughly and closely
research
attempt to find out in a systematically and scientific manner
contemplate
look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought
groak
look or stare at longingly
canvas, canvass, poll
get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
follow, keep an eye on, observe, watch, watch over
follow with the eyes or the mind
experiment
to conduct a test or investigation
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v question or examine thoroughly and closely

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probe
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enquire, inquire, investigate
conduct an inquiry or investigation of
re-examine
question after cross-examination by opposing counsel
hear, try
examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process
spy
secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage
rehear, retry
hear or try a court case anew
Type of:
investigate, look into
investigate scientifically

v question closely

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quiz, test
examine someone's knowledge of something
cross examine, cross question
question closely, or question a witness that has already been questioned by the opposing side
catechise, catechize
examine through questioning and answering
grill
examine thoroughly
Type of:
query, question
pose a question
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v put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

Synonyms:
essay, prove, test, try, try out
Types:
control, verify
check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard
float
circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with
field-test
test something under the conditions under which it will actually be used
Type of:
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of
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