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scrutinize

[skroot-n-ahyz] /ˈskrut nˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), scrutinized, scrutinizing.
1.
to examine in detail with careful or critical attention.
verb (used without object), scrutinized, scrutinizing.
2.
to conduct a scrutiny.
Also, especially British, scrutinise.
Origin of scrutinize
1665-1675
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
Synonyms
1, 2. investigate, study, search.
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Examples from the Web for scrutinised
Historical Examples
  • I have scrutinised it over and over; and to the world some way or other it shall go as it is.

  • I scrutinised him carefully, while Charlotte ran to comfort the damsel.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • He scrutinised it, read it aloud, and pronounced it genuine.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • I have scrutinised every report—viewed every body which at all resembled him.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • A vast number of other observances were scrutinised with the same result.

    Ancient Law Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
  • He turned half round and scrutinised me with deliberate intensity.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • She scrutinised my face eagerly, and then turned her head wearily on the pillow.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • The leader turned me to the moonlight and scrutinised my face sharply.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • He turned down the bed-clothes, and scrutinised the sheets and pillows.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • He had felt that he was looked into and scrutinised, and found to be wanting.

    Cousin Henry

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for scrutinised

scrutinize

/ˈskruːtɪˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to examine carefully or in minute detail
Derived Forms
scrutinizer, scrutiniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for scrutinised

scrutinize

v.

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

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