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scrutinize

[skroot-n-ahyz] /ˈskrut nˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), scrutinized, scrutinizing.
1.
to examine in detail with careful or critical attention.
verb (used without object), scrutinized, scrutinizing.
2.
to conduct a scrutiny.
Also, especially British, scrutinise.
Origin of scrutinize
1665-1675
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
Synonyms
1, 2. investigate, study, search.
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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

scrutinize

/ˈskruːtɪˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to examine carefully or in minute detail
Derived Forms
scrutinizer, 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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