or re-ex·am·ine

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verb (used with object), re·ex·am·ined, re·ex·am·in·ing.
  1. to examine again.
  2. Law. to examine (a witness) again after having questioned him or her previously.

Origin of reexamine

First recorded in 1585–95; re- + examine
Related formsre·ex·am·in·a·ble, adjectivere·ex·am·i·na·tion, nounre·ex·am·in·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of re-examine

  • Never once did anyone have the moral courage to re-examine that old decision.

    The Lani People

    J. F. Bone

  • It was these well-known facts that induced us to re-examine this question.

  • But if you wish to re-examine the place, I can of course enable you to do so.

    Recollections of a Policeman

    William Russell (aka Thomas Waters)

  • You compelled me to face the old problems once more, to re-examine the evidence.

    A Gamble with Life

    Silas K. Hocking

  • Our counsel did not care to re-examine me; I recognised that it would be useless.

British Dictionary definitions for re-examine


verb (tr)
  1. to examine again
  2. law to examine (one's own witness) again upon matters arising out of his cross-examination
Derived Formsre-examinable, adjectivere-examination, nounre-examiner, noun
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Word Origin and History for re-examine

also reexamine, 1590s, from re- + examine. Related: Re-examined; re-examining.

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