Definition of examine in English:

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Pronunciation: /iɡˈzamən/


[with object]
1Inspect (someone or something) in detail to determine their nature or condition; investigate thoroughly: a doctor examined me and said I might need a caesarean this forced us to examine every facet of our business
More example sentences
  • Fire investigators will examine the building thoroughly to determine how the fire started.
  • The doctor can examine the size and texture of the lump and determine whether the lump moves easily.
  • Today, building inspectors were examining the sub-post office in a row of cottages to see if the wall where the machine was fitted is safe.
inspect, scrutinize, investigate, look at, study, scan, sift (through), probe, appraise, analyze, review, evaluate, survey
informal check out
2Test the knowledge or proficiency of (someone) by requiring them to answer questions or perform tasks: the colleges set standards by examining candidates
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  • Every aspect of Davies's managerial ability will be examined in answering those questions.
  • As well as examining their overall mechanical performance, the tests sought to test the ideas generated in the last section.
  • Another characteristic of this view of music education is an emphasis on testing and examining.
test, quiz, question;
assess, appraise
2.1 Law Formally question (a witness) in court. Compare with cross-examine.
Example sentences
  • The Petitioner's solicitor did request an adjournment to examine the Respondent.
  • The plaintiffs were examined for discovery for three days and the Hull defendants for three days.
  • Inquests are usually held in public, with witnesses being examined by the coroner and interested parties.
interrogate, question, quiz, cross-examine;
catechize, give the third degree to, probe, sound out
informal grill, pump



Pronunciation: /iɡˈzamənəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Manning, in congratulating Adrianna, said the teenager's achievement puts into perspective what her ministry is doing in terms of making visual and performing arts compulsory and examinable at CXC.
  • Canadia organizations and individuals should demand new legislation to create an independent, responsible, and publicly examinable RCMP Public Complaints Commission.
  • If Marketing the Scottish Tourist Product is to be abolished as an examinable subject, far from shedding tears I shall give a cheer, since it shows that the grisly standards demolition mob is not quite winning.


Pronunciation: /iɡˌzaməˈnē/ Pronunciation: /eɡˌzaməˈnē/
Example sentences
  • Since the third examination, a constant 17% to 20% of the examinees have been repeat candidates who previously failed the test.
  • One of the most important annual events of the nation was held on Wednesday with about 670,000 high school students and repeat examinees taking the government-administered test for college entrance across the country.
  • More than 160,000 examinees are admitted nationwide as MA candidates.


Middle English: from Old French examiner, from Latin examinare 'weigh, test', from examen (see examen).

Words that rhyme with examine

famine, gamin

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Syllabification: ex·am·ine

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