[ skroot-n-ahyz ]
/ ˈskrut nˌaɪz /
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verb (used with object), scru·ti·nized, scru·ti·niz·ing.
to examine in detail with careful or critical attention.
verb (used without object), scru·ti·nized, scru·ti·niz·ing.
to conduct a scrutiny.
OTHER WORDS FOR scrutinize
1, 2 investigate, study, search.
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Also especially British, scru·ti·nise .
Origin of scrutinize
First recorded in 1665–75; scrutin(y) + -ize
OTHER WORDS FROM scrutinize
scru·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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How to use scrutinize in a sentence
Once he laid his finger lightly on a protruding point of the carving, and then scrutinised his finger through the glass.Dope|Sax Rohmer
When I looked at her again, her face was very white, and her distressed eyes scrutinised me.The New Machiavelli|Herbert George Wells
Aratov took it from its nail, scrutinised it a long while, kissed it and carefully put it away in a drawer.Dream Tales and Prose Poems|Ivan Turgenev
Mr. Nupkins threw himself back with thrilling solemnity, and scrutinised the faces of his unwilling visitors.The Pickwick Papers|Charles Dickens
Everyone eagerly scrutinised the features, drawn up in their last agony.The Making of a Saint|William Somerset Maugham
British Dictionary definitions for scrutinize
/ (ˈskruːtɪˌnaɪz) /
(tr) to examine carefully or in minute detail
Derived forms of scrutinizescrutinizer or scrutiniser, noun
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