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scrutinize

[skroot-n-ahyz]
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verb (used with object), scru·ti·nized, scru·ti·niz·ing.
  1. to examine in detail with careful or critical attention.
verb (used without object), scru·ti·nized, scru·ti·niz·ing.
  1. to conduct a scrutiny.
Also especially British, scru·ti·nise.

Origin of scrutinize

First recorded in 1665–75; scrutin(y) + -ize
Related formsscru·ti·ni·za·tion, nounscru·ti·niz·er, nounscru·ti·niz·ing·ly, adverbre·scru·ti·nize, verb (used with object), re·scru·ti·nized, re·scru·ti·niz·ing.self-scru·ti·nized, adjectiveself-scru·ti·niz·ing, adjectiveun·scru·ti·nized, adjectiveun·scru·ti·niz·ing, adjectiveun·scru·ti·niz·ing·ly, adverb

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1, 2. investigate, study, search.
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Examples from the Web for scrutinizing

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Historical Examples

  • 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

scrutinize

scrutinise

verb
  1. (tr) to examine carefully or in minute detail
Derived Formsscrutinizer or scrutiniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for scrutinizing

scrutinize

v.

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

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