verb ex·am·ine \ig-ˈza-mən\

: to look at (something) closely and carefully in order to learn more about it, to find problems, etc.

: to test or look carefully at (something or someone) for signs of illness or injury

law : to question (someone) closely

ex·am·inedex·am·in·ing \-ˈzam-niŋ, -ˈza-mə-\

Full Definition of EXAMINE

transitive verb
a :  to inspect closely
b :  to test the condition of
c :  to inquire into carefully :  investigate
a :  to interrogate closely <examine a prisoner>
b :  to test by questioning in order to determine progress, fitness, or knowledge
intransitive verb
:  to make or give an examination
ex·am·in·able \-ˈza-mə-nə-bəl\ adjective
ex·am·in·er \-ˈzam-nər, -ˈza-mə-\ noun

Origin of EXAMINE

Middle English, from Anglo-French examiner, from Latin examinare, from examen
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to EXAMINE

catechize, grill, interrogate, pump, query, question, quiz, sweat [slang], give the third degree to, pick the brains of

Synonym Discussion of EXAMINE

scrutinize, scan, inspect, examine mean to look at or over. scrutinize stresses close attention to minute detail <scrutinized the hospital bill>. scan implies a surveying from point to point often suggesting a cursory overall observation <scanned the wine list>. inspect implies scrutinizing for errors or defects <inspected my credentials>. examine suggests a scrutiny in order to determine the nature, condition, or quality of a thing <examined the specimens>.

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis

Rhymes with EXAMINE

EXAMINE Defined for Kids


verb ex·am·ine \ig-ˈza-mən\

Definition of EXAMINE for Kids

:  to look at or check carefully <He had his eyes examined.>
:  to question closely <The police examined a witness.>
Medical Dictionary


verb ex·am·ine \ig-ˈzam-ən\
ex·am·inedex·am·in·ing \-(ə-)niŋ\

Medical Definition of EXAMINE

transitive verb
:  to inspect or test for evidence of disease or abnormality <the doctor examined the young men and found them in perfect health>
intransitive verb
:  to make or give an examination <the doctor will examine at the infirmary>


Next Word in the Dictionary: examined copyPrevious Word in the Dictionary: examinatorialAll Words Near: examine
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears