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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for scrutinise
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  • What matters is that there is a programme given for discussion and we are able to scrutinise its nature and bearing.

    Face to Face with Kaiserism James W. Gerard
  • Fortunately Fernand does not see, else he might scrutinise them more closely.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • But, as the girl turned away, something in her manner made Mrs. Morgan scrutinise her keenly.

    The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant Alexander Johnstone Wilson
  • To collect, scrutinise, and appraise facts is his chief business.Science.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • He implored the jury, as they valued their oaths, to scrutinise this part of the case most heedfully.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • I pry not into other men's lives, nor scrutinise their actions.

    The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • We are bound to scrutinise with care every provision of this brand-new polity.

    A Leap in the Dark A.V. Dicey
  • He alone had the courage to scrutinise the slave-girl carefully.

  • The lover of life will scrutinise death at its ugliest and worst, blinking no hideous fact.

    Robert Browning Edward Dowden
  • There is no sarcastic person whose life, if you scrutinise it closely, will not be found full of vices and improprieties.

    The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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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