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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.
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 scrutinised
  • Kemp scrutinised the surroundings of the house for a glimpse of the revolver, but it had vanished.
  • Objectivity is then about peer review, replicable methods and scrutinised by peer scientists.
  • If it fails when scrutinised in this way, it is not a view of reality.
  • The success of these policies will be closely scrutinised by the party and public in the build-up to the gathering.
  • Reported financial results are being more carefully scrutinised by investors and regulators.
  • The nature of the legal advice given by his firm is likely to be fiercely scrutinised in the inquiries and trials that lie ahead.
  • Most street pat-downs are never recorded, scrutinised by a prosecutor, challenged by a lawyer or adjudicated by a judge.
  • Her early appointments and announcements will be scrutinised with unusual eagerness.
British Dictionary definitions for scrutinised


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



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

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