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Definitions of examine

  1. To interrogate as in a judicial proceeding; to try or test by question; as, to examine a witness in order to elicit testimony, a student to test his qualifications, a bankrupt touching the state of his property, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To scrutinize or investigate carefully; search or inquire into; to question, as a witness; test orally or by papers the knowledge, qualifications, etc., of; test. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To test: to inquire into: to question. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To search; scrutinize; inquire into; question. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To investigate critically; scrutinize; test; question. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect; "The customs agent examined the baggage"; "I must see your passport before you can enter the country" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To test by any appropriate method; to inspect carefully with a view to discover the real character or state of; to subject to inquiry or inspection of particulars for the purpose of obtaining a fuller insight into the subject of examination, as a material substance, a fact, a reason, a cause, the truth of a statement; to inquire or search into; to explore; as, to examine a mineral; to examine a ship to know whether she is seaworthy; to examine a proposition, theory, or question. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To inspect carefully, with a view to discover truth or the real state of a thing; to inquire into, as the facts of a case, by interrogating; to view in all aspects, with a view to a judgment; to test qualifications by propounding questions and problems; to try by a test; to try by a rule or law. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. To inspect carefully with a view to discover the real state of; to search or inquire into; to try by experiment, rule, or law; to scrutinise. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. Examiner. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for examine

  1. But let me examine you! – The Tale of Solomon Owl by Arthur Scott Bailey
  2. We have as good a right to examine thy back, as are have to examine his. – Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child
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