Definition of examination in English:


Syllabification: ex·am·i·na·tion
Pronunciation: /igˌzaməˈnāSHən


  • 1A detailed inspection or investigation: an examination of marketing behavior a medical examination is conducted without delay
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    • Seventeen of his patients had fatal angina confirmed by autopsy examinations.
    • Detailed shoulder examinations were performed of both sides to assess range of motion, strength, and stability.
    • Screening clinical and functional examinations preceded CT studies of the lungs.
    scrutiny, inspection, perusal, study, investigation, consideration, analysis, appraisal, evaluationinspection, checkup, workup, assessment, appraisal; probe, test, scan
    informal once-over, overhaul
  • 1.1The action or process of conducting an inspection or investigation: the treaty is under examination by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
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    • How we are to know that it is good for us without thorough examination through parliamentary processes is not explained.
    • But the allegations about his conduct crumble on examination, he says.
    • It calls for renewed examination of the processes whereby those families have been divided in the first place.
  • 2A formal test of a person’s knowledge or proficiency in a particular subject or skill: he scraped through the examinations at the end of his first year
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    • You and your child will be faced with plenty of tests and formal examinations in the years to come.
    • The objective tests in the entrance examinations hardly speak of the candidate's knowledge, aptitude and attitude.
    • The winner is selected on the marks achieved in written, practical and oral examinations along with project work.
    test, exam, quiz, assessment; oral, midterm, final; paper, term paper


late Middle English (also in the sense 'testing (one's conscience) by a standard'): via Old French from Latin examinatio(n-), from examinare 'weigh, test' (see examine).

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