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examine

[ ig-zam-in ]
/ 瑟g藞z忙m 瑟n /
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verb (used with object), ex路am路ined, ex路am路in路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鈥1325; Middle English <Middle French examiner<Latin ex膩min膩re to weigh, examine, test, equivalent to ex膩min- (stem of ex膩menexamen) + -膩re infinitive ending

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British Dictionary definitions for examine

examine
/ (瑟伞藞z忙m瑟n) /

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 ex膩min膩re to weigh, from ex膩men means of weighing; see examen
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