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verb (used with object), scru·ti·nized, scru·ti·niz·ing.
  1. to examine in detail with careful or critical attention.
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verb (used without object), scru·ti·nized, scru·ti·niz·ing.
  1. to conduct a scrutiny.
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Also especially British, scru·ti·nise.

Origin of scrutinize

First recorded in 1665–75; scrutin(y) + -ize
Related formsscru·ti·ni·za·tion, nounscru·ti·niz·er, nounscru·ti·niz·ing·ly, adverbre·scru·ti·nize, verb (used with object), re·scru·ti·nized, re·scru·ti·niz·ing.self-scru·ti·nized, adjectiveself-scru·ti·niz·ing, adjectiveun·scru·ti·nized, adjectiveun·scru·ti·niz·ing, adjectiveun·scru·ti·niz·ing·ly, adverb


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Examples from the Web for scrutinise

Historical Examples

  • The dark eyes continued to scrutinise that bronzed face suspiciously.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • To collect, scrutinise, and appraise facts is his chief business.Science.

  • I know that the breeders of Shorthorns will scrutinise my statements carefully.

  • He continued to scrutinise the new trail for some moments longer.

    The White Chief

    Mayne Reid

  • The time has come to scrutinise it more closely, and ascertain if it be what he suspects it.

    The Death Shot

    Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for scrutinise



  1. (tr) to examine carefully or in minute detail
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Derived Formsscrutinizer or scrutiniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for scrutinise


chiefly British English spelling of scrutinize (q.v.); for suffix, see -ize. Related: Scrutinised; scrutinising; scrutinisation.

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1670s, from scrutiny + -ize. Related: Scrutinized; scrutinizing. Earlier verb was scrutine (1590s), from French.

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