- To scrutinize is to look at something very closely or very carefully.
An example of scrutinize is when you study a painting on the wall to pick up every tiny detail.
A man scrutinizes a picture.
transitive verbscru·ti·nized, scru·ti·niz·ing, scru·ti·niz·es
(third-person singular simple present scrutinizes, present participle scrutinizing, simple past and past participle scrutinized)