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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 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


(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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