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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.
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 scrutinise
  • The report claims to scrutinise the first ten years of regulation.
  • The punters scrutinise their programmes, television screens and the greyhounds parading the turf.
  • Appointed panels of councillors and other worthies would scrutinise their performance.
  • His committee will scrutinise the treaty, probably in early summer.
  • Indians scrutinise officials' salaries painted on village walls.
  • Using one piece of software to scrutinise another and spot mistakes, however, is easier said than done.
  • Even still, squandering precious resources trying to scrutinise every shred of data is not the biggest problem.
  • The friendly officials are paid for a variety of services, one of which is not to scrutinise the register too closely.
British Dictionary definitions for scrutinise


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

chiefly British English spelling of scrutinize (q.v.); for suffix, see -ize. Related: Scrutinised; scrutinising; scrutinisation.



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

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