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examine

[ig-zam-in] /ɪgˈzæm ɪn/
verb (used with object), examined, examining.
1.
to inspect or scrutinize carefully:
to examine a prospective purchase.
2.
to observe, test, or investigate (a person's body or any part of it), especially in order to evaluate general health or determine the cause of illness.
3.
to inquire into or investigate:
to examine one's motives.
4.
to test the knowledge, reactions, or qualifications of (a pupil, candidate, etc.), as by questions or assigning tasks.
5.
to subject to legal inquisition; put to question in regard to conduct or to knowledge of facts; interrogate:
to examine a witness; to examine a suspect.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle French examiner < Latin exāmināre to weigh, examine, test, equivalent to exāmin- (stem of exāmen examen) + -āre infinitive ending
Related forms
examinable, adjective
examinatorial
[ig-zam-uh-nuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ɪgˌzæm ə nəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
examiner, noun
examiningly, adverb
preexamine, verb (used with object), preexamined, preexamining.
preexaminer, noun
subexaminer, noun
superexaminer, noun
unexaminable, adjective
unexamined, adjective
unexamining, adjective
well-examined, adjective
Synonyms
1. search, probe, explore, study. 3. quiz.
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  • Now she examined herself in the small round mirror she'd pulled from her purse, grimacing.
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  • The mirrors and veils and ornaments were taken up and examined eagerly.
British Dictionary definitions for examined

examine

/ɪɡˈzæmɪn/
verb (transitive)
1.
to look at, inspect, or scrutinize carefully or in detail; investigate
2.
(education) to test the knowledge or skill of (a candidate) in (a subject or activity) by written or oral questions or by practical tests
3.
(law) to interrogate (a witness or accused person) formally on oath
4.
(med) to investigate the state of health of (a patient)
Derived Forms
examinable, adjective
examiner, noun
examining, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French examiner, from Latin exāmināre to weigh, from exāmen means of weighing; see examen
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Word Origin and History for examined

examine

v.

c.1300, from Old French examiner "interrogate, question, torture," from Latin examinare "to test or try; weigh, consider, ponder," from examen "a means of weighing or testing," probably ultimately from exigere "weigh accurately" (see exact). Related: Examined; examining.

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examined in Medicine

examine ex·am·ine (ĭg-zām'ĭn)
v. ex·am·ined, ex·am·in·ing, ex·am·ines

  1. To study or analyze an organic material.

  2. To test or check the condition or health of.

  3. To determine the qualifications, aptitude, or skills of by means of questions or exercises.

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