Examine Definition

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To look at or into critically or methodically in order to find out the facts, condition, etc. of; investigate; inspect; scrutinize; inquire into.
Webster's New World
To study or analyze.
Examine a tissue sample under a microscope; examine the structure of a novel; examine one's own motives.
American Heritage
To test or check the condition or health of.
Examine a patient.
American Heritage
To test by carefully questioning in order to find out the knowledge, skill, qualifications, etc. of (a student, witness, job applicant, etc.)
Webster's New World
To question formally, as to elicit facts or information; interrogate.
Examine a witness under oath.
American Heritage

Origin of Examine

  • Middle English examinen from Old French examiner from Latin exāmināre from exāmen a weighing out from exigere to weigh out exact

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French examiner, from Latin examinare.

    From Wiktionary


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