to examine in detail with careful or critical attention.
to conduct a scrutiny.
- Also especially British, scru·ti·nise .
- scru·ti·ni·za·tion, noun
- scru·ti·niz·er, noun
- scru·ti·niz·ing·ly, adverb
- re·scru·ti·nize, verb (used with object), re·scru·ti·nized, re·scru·ti·niz·ing.
- self-scru·ti·nized, adjective
- self-scru·ti·niz·ing, adjective
- un·scru·ti·nized, adjective
- un·scru·ti·niz·ing, adjective
- un·scru·ti·niz·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use scrutinize in a sentence
The NCAA likes to scrutinize and monitor their chattel in the event that money flows their way from outside jobs.
She lost her actual sight at the moment she was ready to scrutinize herself.Blindness as a Way of Seeing: Candia McWilliam’s Powerful Memoir | Lucy Scholes | April 6, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Voters in New Hampshire historically make their decisions late, and intensely scrutinize candidates.New Hampshire Reception Reflects Electability Concerns on Rick Santorum | Lois Romano | January 6, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Admissions officials scrutinize kids' behavior during on-campus play groups.
There is little sign that Beijing has the appetite to scrutinize its own policy errors, though some in China have pointed the way.
She sat down, to scrutinize the better this strange intruder.The Ghost Breaker | Charles Goddard
They let no statement pass without examination, and they scrutinize facts closely and seek for causes.Unveiling a Parallel | Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant
When we know that an estate belongs to us, we are likely to scrutinize every part of it closely.Brother Jacques (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume XVII) | Charles Paul de Kock
Breakfast passed off most charmingly without a word said by any one; and he walked round to the khan to scrutinize some figs.
To scrutinize all legislative action touching national defense.
British Dictionary definitions for scrutinize
(tr) to examine carefully or in minute detail
- scrutinizer or scrutiniser, noun
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