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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 scrutinized
  • On the summer-basketball circuit, he was no less pivotal, and no less scrutinized.
  • Although online discussions cite anecdotal evidence in support of his claim, it has never been scrutinized scientifically.
  • The study team's results haven't yet been published and scrutinized by peers.
  • Hunt shelved hopes of publication and scrutinized every method and piece of lab equipment used in her experiment.
  • The journals' financial model should be scrutinized by the public and the press.
  • Bad for business or no business, it will be scrutinized.
  • Using telescopes on the ground and in space, astronomers have heavily scrutinized the system.
  • But in fact, scientific research grant proposals are highly scrutinized.
  • Upon returning to the cooler confines of the studio, images were scrutinized.
  • Their practices are similar to those of the strictly for-profits, but they are not being scrutinized.
British Dictionary definitions for scrutinized


(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 scrutinized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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