Definitions for: Examine


[v] 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"
[v] question closely
[v] question or examine thoroughly and closely
[v] 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"
[v] put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ex*am"ine, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Examined; p. pr. &
vb. n. Examining.] [L. examinare, examinatum, fr. examen,
examinis: cf. F. examiner. See Examen.]
1. 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.

Examine well your own thoughts. --Chaucer.

Examine their counsels and their cares. --Shak.

2. 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.

The offenders that are to be examined. --Shak.

Syn: To discuss; debate; scrutinize; search into;
investigate; explore. See Discuss.

Synonyms: analyse, analyze, canvass, essay, probe, prove, see, study, test, try, try out

See Also: anatomize, appraise, assay, audit, auscultate, autopsy, candle, catechise, catechize, check, check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, compare, consider, control, cross examine, cross question, diagnose, field-test, float, follow, glance over, go over, hear, inspect, inspect, investigate, investigate, judge, look, look at, look into, look into, name, peruse, query, question, quiz, rake, reexamine, re-examine, review, run down, scan, screen, scrutinise, scrutinise, scrutinize, scrutinize, search, sieve, sift, size up, skim, survey, survey, suss out, take stock, test, trace, try, verify, view, x-ray

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