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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
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. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for scrutinised
Historical Examples
  • He looked at me keenly, and seeing the negative in my face, turned to the others, and scrutinised them closely.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • With his inevitable magnifying-glass he scrutinised the bullet on every side.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • Captain Gerardin scrutinised him severely, and he stared at the captain in return.

  • I have scrutinised it over and over; and to the world some way or other it shall go as it is.

  • The barrister took the fateful weapon, not more deadly than a paper-knife in appearance, and scrutinised it closely.

  • A vast number of other observances were scrutinised with the same result.

    Ancient Law Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
  • Juliet made no resistance to this proposal; though I could read suspicion in the eye which scrutinised my face as I spoke.

    Discipline Mary Brunton
  • The leader turned me to the moonlight and scrutinised my face sharply.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • I have scrutinised every report—viewed every body which at all resembled him.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • Captain Con scrutinised them to calm his temper: 'there's a Dutchiness in the shape.'

British Dictionary definitions for scrutinised


(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 scrutinised



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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