- to inspect or scrutinize carefully: to examine a prospective purchase.
- to observe, test, or investigate (a person's body or any part of it), especially in order to evaluate general health or determine the cause of illness.
- to inquire into or investigate: to examine one's motives.
- to test the knowledge, reactions, or qualifications of (a pupil, candidate, etc.), as by questions or assigning tasks.
- to subject to legal inquisition; put to question in regard to conduct or to knowledge of facts; interrogate: to examine a witness; to examine a suspect.
Origin of examine
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Examples from the Web for examine
Any institution striving to examine such an iconic figure would find formidable challenges.The Virgin Mary Lookbook
December 7, 2014
It is simply that we have failed to understand and examine the factors that are putting young gay men at risk.The New Face of HIV Is Gay & Young
December 1, 2014
It was a strangely shaped block, due to the area once being underwater, and he took it home with him to examine closer.The Postman Who Built a Palace in France…by Hand
November 20, 2014
When Breman asked to examine him, he was too sick to answer.The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
They were being carried out and the stench of their rotting flesh and bloated guts made it hard to examine them closely.Did Israel Execute Jihadists in Gaza?
September 7, 2014
We left the track to examine a gully to the north, but could not find any water.Explorations in Australia
But let us return to the opinion of Maimonides, and examine it more closely.
There only remains to examine the opinions of those who differ from me.
Then examine the meat to see how much of the liquid has evaporated.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Then Linda began to examine books more carefully than before.Her Father's Daughter
- to look at, inspect, or scrutinize carefully or in detail; investigate
- education to test the knowledge or skill of (a candidate) in (a subject or activity) by written or oral questions or by practical tests
- law to interrogate (a witness or accused person) formally on oath
- med to investigate the state of health of (a patient)
Word Origin and History for examine
c.1300, from Old French examiner "interrogate, question, torture," from Latin examinare "to test or try; weigh, consider, ponder," from examen "a means of weighing or testing," probably ultimately from exigere "weigh accurately" (see exact). Related: Examined; examining.
- To study or analyze an organic material.
- To test or check the condition or health of.
- To determine the qualifications, aptitude, or skills of by means of questions or exercises.