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scrutinize

[skroot-n-ahyz]
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

Synonyms for scrutinize

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Examples from the Web for scrutinised

Historical Examples of scrutinised

  • I have scrutinised it over and over; and to the world some way or other it shall go as it is.

    The Letters of Robert Burns

    Robert Burns

  • I scrutinised him carefully, while Charlotte ran to comfort the damsel.

    The Golden Age

    Kenneth Grahame

  • He scrutinised it, read it aloud, and pronounced it genuine.

    Love-at-Arms

    Raphael Sabatini

  • I have scrutinised every report—viewed every body which at all resembled him.

    The Destroyer

    Burton Egbert Stevenson

  • A vast number of other observances were scrutinised with the same result.

    Ancient Law

    Sir Henry James Sumner Maine


British Dictionary definitions for scrutinised

scrutinize

scrutinise

verb
  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 scrutinised

scrutinize

v.

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

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