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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I must scrutinize every phase of her power, and you must help me.

  • He is expected to see and to sing, not to scrutinize and meditate.

    The Book of Old English Ballads George Wharton Edwards
  • Then he backed away a little and began to scrutinize my face.

    The Other Fellow F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Mr. Green's small eyes continued to scrutinize Leduc at intervals.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • The next morning, at an early hour, I went on deck, anxious to scrutinize the surrounding objects.

    Jack in the Forecastle John Sherburne Sleeper
British Dictionary definitions for scrutinize


(transitive) to examine carefully or in minute detail
Derived Forms
scrutinizer, scrutiniser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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