Definition of examination in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪɡˌzamɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/


1A detailed inspection or study: an examination of marketing behaviour 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, scanning, vetting, investigation, exploration, consideration, analysis, appraisal, evaluation
inspection, check, check-up, assessment, review, appraisal;
exploration, probe, test, scan
informal going-over, once-over, overhaul
1.1 [mass noun] The action or process of conducting an examination: the role of the planning system has come under increasing critical examination
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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 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, paper, question paper, oral, practical, assessment;
set of questions, set of exercises;
British  viva, viva voce;
North American  quiz
3 Law The formal questioning of a defendant or witness in court.
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  • At the Inquest examination of witnesses will bring out more evidence and detail.
  • Generally speaking, judges have broad powers in directing the examination of witnesses.
  • He has the same powers as the court in respect of the attendance and the examination of witnesses and the production of documents.
questioning, interrogation, cross-questioning, cross-examination, inquisition;
the third degree
informal pumping, grilling


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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