Definition of Examine

1. Verb. Consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning. "Sam and Sue examine the movie "; "Analyze your real motives"

2. Verb. Observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect. "The customs agents examine the bags for drugs "; "I must see your passport before you can enter the country"

3. Verb. Question or examine thoroughly and closely. "The men examine for animals in the area"
Exact synonyms: Probe
Specialized synonyms: Enquire, Inquire, Investigate, Re-examine, Hear, Try
Generic synonyms: Investigate, Look Into
Derivative terms: Examination, Examination, Examination, Probe

4. Verb. Question closely.
Generic synonyms: Query, Question
Specialized synonyms: Quiz, Test, Cross Examine, Cross Question, Catechise, Catechize, Grill
Derivative terms: Examination, Examination, Examination, Examinee

5. Verb. Put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to. ; "Test this recipe"
Exact synonyms: Essay, Prove, Test, Try, Try Out
Generic synonyms: Evaluate, Judge, Pass Judgment
Specialized synonyms: Control, Verify, Float, Field-test
Derivative terms: Examination, Examination, Examination, Examiner, Test, Testing, Trial, Trier, Tryout

Definition of Examine

1. v. t. 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.

Definition of Examine

1. Verb. To observe or inspect carefully or critically. ¹

2. Verb. To check the health or condition of something or someone. ¹

3. Verb. To determine the aptitude, skills or qualifications of someone by subjecting them to an examination. ¹

4. Verb. To interrogate. ¹

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Definition of Examine

1. to inspect [v -INED, -INING, -INES] - See also: inspect

Lexicographical Neighbors of Examine

examination paper
examine (current term)
examining room
examining table

Literary usage of Examine

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1844)
"It was not incident to the [*607] * Master's duty to examine previously to a decree. The office of examiner is very ancient; and undoubtedly they are the ..."

2. Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative by Richard Henry Dana (1895)
"In the general joy, Mr. Nuttall said he should like to go ashore upon the island and examine a spot which probably no human being had ever set foot upon; ..."

3. The Golden Book of Marcus Aurelius by Marcus Aurelius, Meric Casaubon (1898)
"bear what sensible creature, doth require. And that, what- How to examine, what thy nature as them art a living ..."

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