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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scrutinize

Contemporary Examples of scrutinize

Historical Examples of scrutinize

  • 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

    Murray Leinster

  • Mr. Green's small eyes continued to scrutinize Leduc at intervals.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • 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

    Maurus Jkai

British Dictionary definitions for scrutinize




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

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

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