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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 scrutinizing
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  • He paused, scrutinizing the faces of Atherstone and Marion with his glittering eyes.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Mr Osborne stood before me, scrutinizing me with severe grey eyes.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • It was a look deliberate and scrutinizing, in a sense doubtful, and yet not unkindly.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He noticed, when he reached this, the difference in the faces he was scrutinizing.

    The Mountain Divide Frank H. Spearman
  • Razumov gazed down at her with silent, scrutinizing attention.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for scrutinizing


(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 scrutinizing



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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