scrutinize

[ skroot-n-ahyz ]
/ ˈskrut nˌaɪz /

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.

Nearby words

  1. scrutable,
  2. scrutator,
  3. scrutineer,
  4. scrutinise,
  5. scrutinization,
  6. scrutiny,
  7. scrutoire,
  8. scry,
  9. scs,
  10. scsi

Also especially British, scru·ti·nise.

Origin of scrutinize

First recorded in 1665–75; scrutin(y) + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for scrutinize

scrutinize

scrutinise

/ (ˈskruːtɪˌnaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to examine carefully or in minute detail
Derived Formsscrutinizer or scrutiniser, noun

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Word Origin and History for scrutinize

scrutinize

v.

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

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