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[skroot-n-ahyz] /ˈskrut nˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), scrutinized, scrutinizing.
to examine in detail with careful or critical attention.
verb (used without object), scrutinized, scrutinizing.
to conduct a scrutiny.
Also, especially British, scrutinise.
Origin of scrutinize
1665-75; scrutin(y) + -ize
Related forms
scrutinization, noun
scrutinizer, noun
scrutinizingly, adverb
rescrutinize, verb (used with object), rescrutinized, rescrutinizing.
self-scrutinized, adjective
self-scrutinizing, adjective
unscrutinized, adjective
unscrutinizing, adjective
unscrutinizingly, adverb
1, 2. investigate, study, search. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scrutinize
  • Consumers are advised to closely scrutinize any lock agreement and ask their mortgage company to explain the terms of the lock.
  • As you point out, it depends on which part of history you choose to scrutinize.
  • It's their money and they have the right to scrutinize what they pay for.
  • All campaigns scrutinize public records showing who is registered to vote and whether they have voted in past elections.
  • Instead of propagating misinformation among non-experts, criticize and scrutinize the information in an academic manner.
  • But it was extremely well preserved and so enabled the group to better scrutinize its evolutionary relationships.
  • All claim to scrutinize every possible angle of the cases of condemned persons facing execution under their watch.
  • Teams will scrutinize hundreds of prospects through interviews, various tests and workout drills.
  • The new governor is right to scrutinize jobs handed to political friends.
  • We advise travelers to exercise caution and to scrutinize the services provided before using any third-party service.
British Dictionary definitions for scrutinize


(transitive) to examine carefully or in minute detail
Derived Forms
scrutinizer, scrutiniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for scrutinize

1670s, from scrutiny + -ize. Related: Scrutinized; scrutinizing. Earlier verb was scrutine (1590s), from French.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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