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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
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Examples from the web for scrutinizing
  • It would be wise for authorities to focus on scrutinizing the products they roll out rather than putting a cap on the pay.
  • Or till next after you scrutinizing the balance of human casualties accurately.
  • After all, they had been scrutinizing their testing requirements for years.
  • As they wrestle with debt, countries are scrutinizing spending, including education.
  • They vied with one another in scrutinizing, commenting, disputing.
  • But the only way to get there is to keep questioning, scrutinizing and debating.
  • Shrewdness founded on skepticism and sophistication has its place in scrutinizing the stories of witnesses.
  • For some road warriors, of course, that means scrutinizing statements each and every month.
  • None of my scrutinizing has yielded a shred of insight into how he does what he does.
  • The fifth is by an academic and freelance journalist, whose specialty is scrutinizing and trying to make sense of what he sees.
British Dictionary definitions for scrutinizing


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



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

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