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examine

[ ig-zam-in ]
/ ɪgˈzæm ɪn /
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verb (used with object), ex·am·ined, ex·am·in·ing.

to inspect or scrutinize carefully: to examine a prospective purchase.
to observe, test, or investigate (a person's body or any part of it), especially in order to evaluate general health or determine the cause of illness.
to inquire into or investigate: to examine one's motives.
to test the knowledge, reactions, or qualifications of (a pupil, candidate, etc.), as by questions or assigning tasks.
to subject to legal inquisition; put to question in regard to conduct or to knowledge of facts; interrogate: to examine a witness; to examine a suspect.

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Origin of examine

1275–1325; Middle English <Middle French examiner<Latin exāmināre to weigh, examine, test, equivalent to exāmin- (stem of exāmenexamen) + -āre infinitive ending

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British Dictionary definitions for examine

examine
/ (ɪɡˈzæmɪn) /

verb (tr)

to look at, inspect, or scrutinize carefully or in detail; investigate
education to test the knowledge or skill of (a candidate) in (a subject or activity) by written or oral questions or by practical tests
law to interrogate (a witness or accused person) formally on oath
med to investigate the state of health of (a patient)

Derived forms of examine

examinable, adjectiveexaminer, nounexamining, adjective

Word Origin for examine

C14: from Old French examiner, from Latin exāmināre to weigh, from exāmen means of weighing; see examen
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Medical definitions for examine

examine
[ ĭg-zămĭn ]

v.

To study or analyze an organic material.
To test or check the condition or health of.
To determine the qualifications, aptitude, or skills of by means of questions or exercises.
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