- to examine in detail with careful or critical attention.
- to conduct a scrutiny.
Also especially British, scru·ti·nise.
Origin of scrutinize
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1, 2. investigate, study, search.
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Examples from the Web for scrutinize
The NCAA likes to scrutinize and monitor their chattel in the event that money flows their way from outside jobs.NCAA Championship: The Shame Behind the Game
April 8, 2013
She lost her actual sight at the moment she was ready to scrutinize herself.Blindness as a Way of Seeing: Candia McWilliam’s Powerful Memoir
April 6, 2012
There is little sign that Beijing has the appetite to scrutinize its own policy errors, though some in China have pointed the way.Obama Stands Up to China
February 16, 2010
Others will scrutinize the menu, the décor, and the floral arrangements.Behind the Scenes at the State Dinner
November 25, 2009
When the police arrived it was to scrutinize and remove the Richard Prince.For Lust and Money
October 15, 2009
He is expected to see and to sing, not to scrutinize and meditate.The Book of Old English Ballads
George Wharton Edwards
Calhoun was able to scrutinize her without appearing to do so, and he was satisfied again.Pariah Planet
Mr. Green's small eyes continued to scrutinize Leduc at intervals.The Lion's Skin
With some reserve, which we must not scrutinize, he began with the political object.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
I had time enough to scrutinize their faces as they came out.Debts of Honor
- (tr) to examine carefully or in minute detail
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Word Origin and History for scrutinize
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