- 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.
Origin of examine
Synonyms for examineSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for examinerinspector, auditor, investigator, appraiser, questioner, proctor, researcher, inquisitor, inquirer, reviewer, interrogator, analyst, assayer, quizzer, quizmaster, scrutinizer, checker, prober
Examples from the Web for examiner
Contemporary Examples of examiner
“Daughter” was the second-most Googled search term for the Louisiana race, the Washington Examiner reported.Mary Landrieu-Bill Cassidy Louisiana Senate Race Heads to a Runoff
November 5, 2014
The cardinal rule of cross-examination is that the examiner must not make statements or make speeches.Pistorius’s Cross-Examination Could Have Been Grounds for a Mistrial in a U.S. Court
James D. Zirin
May 5, 2014
Then there are three amendments from Sen. Mike Lee, which Byron York explains at the Washington Examiner.On Immigration, Praise for the Tea Party
May 8, 2013
Sean Higgins in the Washington Examiner writes: AFP is also taking the same position as Moroun on Proposal 6.Tea Partying With Crony Capitalism
October 24, 2012
In the Washington Examiner, Tim Carney puts a challenge to David Brooks and me.K Street or the Tea Party? I Choose Neither.
April 24, 2012
Historical Examples of examiner
I see that you are the Examiner's reporter, and that you are the lady of the photograph.The Einstein See-Saw
Miles John Breuer
The examiner must be more than man who is sufficient for these things.Laws
Well, it all turned out as desired by both candidate and examiner.Herbert Hoover
The examiner should plan to make every contact he has with a student a help to the student.College Teaching
The examiner had given himself up to the spirit of gossiping idleness.Some Reminiscences
- one who examines or inspects
- a person who sets or marks an examination
- law (in the Republic of Ireland) a person appointed by a court to ensure the survival of an Irish public limited company
- 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)
Word Origin for examine
early 14c., examinour, agent noun from examine.
c.1300, from Old French examiner "interrogate, question, torture," from Latin examinare "to test or try; weigh, consider, ponder," from examen "a means of weighing or testing," probably ultimately from exigere "weigh accurately" (see exact). Related: Examined; examining.
- 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.