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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for scrutinize
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  • He is expected to see and to sing, not to scrutinize and meditate.

    The Book of Old English Ballads George Wharton Edwards
  • Calhoun was able to scrutinize her without appearing to do so, and he was satisfied again.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • Mr. Green's small eyes continued to scrutinize Leduc at intervals.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • With some reserve, which we must not scrutinize, he began with the political object.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • I had time enough to scrutinize their faces as they came out.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
British Dictionary definitions for scrutinize


(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 scrutinize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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