Definitions for examineɪgˈzæm ɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•am•ineɪgˈzæm ɪn(v.t.)-ined, -in•ing.

  1. to inspect or scrutinize carefully:

    to examine merchandise.

  2. to observe, test, or investigate (a person's body or any part of it), esp. in order to evaluate general health or determine the cause of illness.

    Category: Medicine

  3. to inquire into or investigate:

    to examine one's motives.

  4. to test the knowledge, reactions, or qualifications of (a pupil, candidate, etc.), as by questions.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Education

  5. Law. to interrogate regarding conduct or knowledge of facts:

    to examine a witness.

    Category: Law

Origin of examine:

1275–1325; < MF examiner < L exāmināre to weigh, examine, test; see examen


Princeton's WordNet

  1. analyze, analyse, study, examine, canvass, canvas(verb)

    consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

    "analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare"; "analyze the evidence in a criminal trial"; "analyze your real motives"

  2. examine, see(verb)

    observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect

    "The customs agent examined the baggage"; "I must see your passport before you can enter the country"

  3. probe, examine(verb)

    question or examine thoroughly and closely

  4. examine(verb)

    question closely

  5. test, prove, try, try out, examine, essay(verb)

    put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

    "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. examine(verb)ɪgˈzæm ɪn

    to look at sth closely and thoroughly

    The doctor examined her for symptoms.; She examined his face, to see if he was angry.

  2. examineɪgˈzæm ɪn

    to study in detail

    We will examine all options.

  3. examineɪgˈzæm ɪn

    to ask sb questions in law court

    ***lawyers examining a witness

  4. examineɪgˈzæm ɪn

    to test knowledge

    Students are examined in language and math.


  1. examine(Verb)

    To observe or inspect carefully or critically.

  2. examine(Verb)

    To check the health or condition of something or someone.

    The doctor examined the patient.

  3. examine(Verb)

    To determine the aptitude, skills or qualifications of someone by subjecting them to an examination.

  4. examine(Verb)

    To interrogate.

    The witness was examined under oath.

  5. Origin: From examiner, from examinare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Examine(verb)

    to test by any appropriate method; to inspect carefully with a view to discover the real character or state of; to subject to inquiry or inspection of particulars for the purpose of obtaining a fuller insight into the subject of examination, as a material substance, a fact, a reason, a cause, the truth of a statement; to inquire or search into; to explore; as, to examine a mineral; to examine a ship to know whether she is seaworthy; to examine a proposition, theory, or question

  2. Examine(verb)

    to interrogate as in a judicial proceeding; to try or test by question; as, to examine a witness in order to elicit testimony, a student to test his qualifications, a bankrupt touching the state of his property, etc

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'examine' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2696

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'examine' in Verbs Frequency: #241

Translations for examine

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to look at closely; to inspect closely

They examined the animal tracks and decided that they were those of a fox.

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