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scrutinize

[skroot-n-ahyz]
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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

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1, 2. investigate, study, search.
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Examples from the Web for scrutinizer

Historical Examples

  • He was too close a scrutinizer of the part and not enough of an observer of the whole for good portraiture.

    A Text-Book of the History of Painting

    John C. Van Dyke

  • The man is great in his own eyes—this scrutinizer of Majesty and fabricator of heresies.


British Dictionary definitions for scrutinizer

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 scrutinizer

scrutinize

v.

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

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