[ skroot-n-ahyz ]
See synonyms for: scrutinizescrutinizedscrutinizingscrutinizer on

verb (used with object),scru·ti·nized, scru·ti·niz·ing.
  1. to examine in detail with careful or critical attention.

verb (used without object),scru·ti·nized, scru·ti·niz·ing.
  1. to conduct a scrutiny.

Origin of scrutinize

First recorded in 1665–75; scrutin(y) + -ize
  • Also especially British, scru·ti·nise .

Other words for scrutinize

Other words from scrutinize

  • 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use scrutinize in a sentence

  • I proceeded to scrutinise with close attention the strange being, by whose good offices such unlikely adventures had befallen me.

  • And beyond all investigation of the approaches we should have to scrutinise Mount Everest itself.

    Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 | Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
  • But, as the girl turned away, something in her manner made Mrs. Morgan scrutinise her keenly.

    The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant | Alexander Johnstone Wilson
  • Once or twice he stopped to scrutinise an address, but his fingers went on again through the letters to the end.

    The Sign of Silence | William Le Queux
  • And yet she could scrutinise his features, form, and garments, so as to carry away in her mind a perfect picture of them.

    Aaron Trow | Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for scrutinize



/ (ˈskruːtɪˌnaɪz) /

  1. (tr) to examine carefully or in minute detail

Derived forms of scrutinize

  • scrutinizer or scrutiniser, noun

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