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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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  • Holding his hand, she made him stand off where she could the better see him, and then she scrutinized him from head to foot.

    The Gypsy Queen's Vow May Agnes Fleming
  • Then, after a few minutes, she turned and scrutinized her neighbours' windows.

    "Some Say" Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • It was not till the unusual size of the craft was revealed that they scrutinized it closely.

  • She bent forward and scrutinized the likeness more critically.

    The Wall Between Sara Ware Bassett
  • He suddenly sat straight in his chair; O'Brien behind him scrutinized my face—to see how I should bear what was coming.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
British Dictionary definitions for scrutinized


(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 scrutinized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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