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[skroot-n-ahyz] /ˈskrut nˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), scrutinized, scrutinizing.
to examine in detail with careful or critical attention.
verb (used without object), scrutinized, scrutinizing.
to conduct a scrutiny.
Also, especially British, scrutinise.
Origin of scrutinize
First recorded in 1665-75; scrutin(y) + -ize
Related forms
scrutinization, noun
scrutinizer, noun
scrutinizingly, adverb
rescrutinize, verb (used with object), rescrutinized, rescrutinizing.
self-scrutinized, adjective
self-scrutinizing, adjective
unscrutinized, adjective
unscrutinizing, adjective
unscrutinizingly, adverb
1, 2. investigate, study, search. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for scrutinise
Historical Examples
  • The dark eyes continued to scrutinise that bronzed face suspiciously.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • To collect, scrutinise, and appraise facts is his chief business.Science.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • I know that the breeders of Shorthorns will scrutinise my statements carefully.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders William M'Combie
  • He continued to scrutinise the new trail for some moments longer.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • The time has come to scrutinise it more closely, and ascertain if it be what he suspects it.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • Fortunately Fernand does not see, else he might scrutinise them more closely.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • The gleam, long continued, had given us full time to scrutinise the ground.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • To collect, scrutinise, and appraise facts is his chief business.

    The Evolution of Modern Capitalism John Atkinson Hobson
  • scrutinise the home, that sacred institution, and even question it?

    The home Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • He hesitated, to scrutinise his companion's inscrutable face.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for scrutinise


(transitive) to examine carefully or in minute detail
Derived Forms
scrutinizer, scrutiniser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for scrutinise

chiefly British English spelling of scrutinize (q.v.); for suffix, see -ize. Related: Scrutinised; scrutinising; scrutinisation.



1670s, from scrutiny + -ize. Related: Scrutinized; scrutinizing. Earlier verb was scrutine (1590s), from French.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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