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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 unscrutinized

Historical Examples of unscrutinized

  • Without knowing it, yielding to a blind, unscrutinized instinct, he'd wanted Rose to live on his love.

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British Dictionary definitions for unscrutinized

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 unscrutinized

scrutinize

v.

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

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