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Verb (transitive)


Verb examine has 5 senses


examinev. t. [L. examinare, examinatum, fr. examen, examinis: cf. F. examiner. See Examen.].
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
    "Examine well your own thoughts."  [1913 Webster]
    "Examine their counsels and their cares."  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
    "The offenders that are to be examined."
Syn. -- To discuss; debate; scrutinize; search into; investigate; explore. See Discuss.


examine, v.
1 tr. inquire into the nature or condition etc. of.
2 tr. look closely or analytically at.
3 tr. test the proficiency of, esp. by examination (see EXAMINATION 3).
4 tr. check the health of (a patient) by inspection or experiment.
5 tr. Law formally question (the accused or a witness) in court.
6 intr. (foll. by into) inquire.

examinable adj. examinee n. examiner n.
ME f. OF examiner f. L examinare weigh, test f. examen tongue of a balance, ult. f. exigere examine, weigh: see EXACT



air, analyze, appraise, archetype, asleep, assess, autopsy, beau ideal, bone, canvass, case, case history, case in point, catechize, check, check out, check over, check up, check up on, cold, comment upon, con, consider, contemplate, controvert, cross-examine, dead, deal with, debate, deceased, defunct, deliberate, deliberate upon, departed, dig, discourse about, discuss, drill, elucubrate, example, exanimate, exchange views, exemplar, explore, extinct, eye, give an examination, give the eye, give the once-over, go into, go over, grill, grind, handle, hard look, ideal, illustration, inanimate, inquire into, inspect, interrogate, interview, investigate, knock around, late, leer, leer at, lifeless, look at, look into, look over, lucubrate, mirror, model, monitor, observe, ogle, ogle at, overhaul, overlook, paradigm, pass over, pass under review, pattern, peer at, peruse, plunge into, pore, pore over, postmortem, practice, probe, problem, pump, query, question, quiz, rap, read, reason, reason about, reason the point, regard studiously, representative, research, restudy, review, run over, sample, sampling, scan, scrutinize, search, set an examination, shining example, sift, size, size up, sound out, specimen, standard, study, survey, swot, take a long, take stock of, take the measure, take up, talk, talk about, talk of, talk over, test, thresh out, treat, ventilate, vet, view, wade through, weigh, worm out of




VB be attentive, attend, advert to, observe, look, see, view, remark, notice, regard, take notice, mark, give attention to, pay attention to, pay heed to, give heed to, incline an ear to, lend an ear to, trouble one's head about, give a thought to, animadvert to, occupy oneself with, contemplate, look at, look to, look after, look into, look over, see to, turn the mind to, bend the mind to, apply the mind to, direct the mind to, give the mind to, turn the eye to, bend the eye to, apply the eye to, direct the eye to, give the eye to, turn the attention to, bend the attention to, apply the attention to, direct the attention to, give the attention to, have an eye to, have in one's eye, bear in mind, take into account, take into consideration, keep in sight, keep in view, have regard to, heed, mind, take cognizance of entertain, recognize, make note of, take note of, note, examine cursorily, glance at, glance upon, glance over, cast the eyes over, pass the eyes over, run over, turn over the leaves, dip into, perstringe, skim, take a cursory view of, examine, examine closely, examine intently, scan, scrutinize, consider, give one's mind to, bend one's mind to, overhaul, revise, pore over, inspect, review, pass under review, take stock of, fix the eye on, rivet attention on, fix attention on, devote the eye to, fix the mind on, devote the thoughts to, hear out, think out, mind one's business, revert to, watch hearken to, listen to, prick up the ears, have the eyes open, keep the eyes open, come to the point, meet with attention, fall under one's notice, fall under one's observation, be under consideration, catch the eye, strike the eye, attract notice, catch the attention, awaken the attention, wake the attention, invite the attention, solicit the attention, attract the attention, claim the attention excite the attention, engage the attention, occupy the attention, strike the attention, arrest the attention, fix the attention, engross the attention, absorb the attention, rivet the attention, catch the mind, awaken the mind, wake the mind, invite the mind, solicit the mind, attract the mind, claim the mind excite the mind, engage the mind, occupy the mind, strike the mind, arrest the mind, fix the mind, engross the mind, absorb the mind, rivet the mind, catch the thoughts, awaken the thoughts, wake the thoughts, invite the thoughts, solicit the thoughts, attract the thoughts, claim the thoughts excite the thoughts, engage the thoughts, occupy the thoughts, strike the thoughts, arrest the thoughts, fix the thoughts, engross the thoughts, absorb the thoughts, rivet the thoughts, be present to the mind, be uppermost in the mind, bring under one's notice, point out, point to, point at, point the finger at, lay the finger on, indigitate, indicate, direct attention to, call attention to, show, put a mark upon, call soldiers to 'attention', bring forward.


VB make inquiry, inquire, ask, seek, search, look for, look about for, look out for, scan, reconnoiter, explore, sound, rummage, ransack, pry, peer, look round, look over, go over, look through, go through, spy, overhaul, ask about, inquire about, scratch the head, slap the forehead, look into every hole and corner, peer into every hole and corner, pry into every hole and corner, nose, trace up, search out, hunt down, hunt out, fish out, ferret out, unearth, leave no stone unturned, seek a clue, seek a clew, hunt, track, trail, mouse, dodge, trace, follow the trail, follow the scent, pursue, beat up one's quarters, fish for, feel for, investigate, take up an inquiry, institute an inquiry, pursue an inquiry, follow up an inquiry, conduct an inquiry, carry on an inquiry, carry out an inquiry, prosecute an inquiry, look at, look into, preexamine, discuss, canvass, agitate, examine, study, consider, calculate, dip into, dive into, delve into, go deep into, make sure of, probe, sound, fathom, probe to the bottom, probe to the quick, scrutinize, analyze, anatomize, dissect, parse, resolve, sift, winnow, view in all its phases, try in all its phases, thresh out, bring in question, bring into question, subject to examination, put to the proof, audit, tax, pass in review, take into consideration, take counsel, question, demand, put the question, pop the question, propose the question, propound the question, moot the question, start the question, raise the question, stir the question, suggest the question, put forth the question, ventilate the question, grapple with the question, go into a question, question, put to the question, interrogate, pump, subject to interrogation, subject to examination, cross-question, cross-examine, press for an answer, give the third degree, put to the inquisition, dodge, catechize, require an answer, pick the brains of, suck the brains of, feel the pulse, get the lay of the land, see how the wind is blowing, put one's ear to the ground, be in question, undergo examination.

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