Definition of "examine" []

  • To observe carefully or critically; inspect: examined the room for clues. (verb-transitive)
  • To study or analyze: examine a tissue sample under a microscope; examine the structure of a novel; examine one's own motives. (verb-transitive)
  • To test or check the condition or health of: examine a patient. (verb-transitive)
  • To determine the qualifications, aptitude, or skills of by means of questions or exercises. (verb-transitive)
  • To question formally, as to elicit facts or information; interrogate: examine a witness under oath. See Synonyms at ask. (verb-transitive)
  • To look at, inspect, or scrutinize carefully or in detail; investigate (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To test the knowledge or skill of (a candidate) in (a subject or activity) by written or oral questions or by practical tests (verb)
  • To interrogate (a witness or accused person) formally on oath (verb)
  • To investigate the state of health of (a patient) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "examine" in a sentence
  • "One issue the panel will examine is whether the blindside head shots should be eliminated through a penalty, supplemental discipline or both."
  • "What General Powell will never be able to examine is how much of the Third World's economic weakness and unrepresentative governance is the result of earlier colonial periods and the policies of exploitation and repression practiced by the Western powers."
  • "The first point we have to examine is the impact of the penalty provision in the Canada Health Act. The Ontario Government claims that the federal government is forcing it to ban extra-billing or face the loss of $54 million a year."