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EXAMINE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does examine mean? 

EXAMINE (verb)
  The verb EXAMINE has 5 senses:

1. consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
2. observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
3. question or examine thoroughly and closely
4. question closely
5. put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

  Familiarity information: EXAMINE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXAMINE (verb)


Sense 1examine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

analyse; analyze; examine; study; canvass; canvas

Context examples:

analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare / analyze the evidence in a criminal trial / analyze your real motives

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "examine"):

anatomize (analyze down to the smallest detail)

consider; look at; view (look at carefully; study mentally)

sieve; sift (check and sort carefully)

investigate; look into (investigate scientifically)

follow; trace (follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something)

screen (examine methodically)

audit; inspect; scrutinise; scrutinize (examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification)

reexamine; review (look at again; examine again)

assay (analyze (chemical substances))

diagnose; name (determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis)

diagnose (subject to a medical analysis)

appraise; survey (consider in a comprehensive way)

survey (make a survey of; for statistical purposes)

compare (examine and note the similarities or differences of)

check; check into; check out; check over; check up on; go over; look into; suss out (examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue examine the movie


Sense 2examine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

examine; see

Context examples:

The customs agent examined the baggage / I must see your passport before you can enter the country

"Examine" entails doing...:

look (perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "examine"):

check (make an examination or investigation)

inspect (look over carefully)

look; search (search or seek)

scrutinise; scrutinize; size up; take stock (to look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail)

peruse (examine or consider with attention and in detail)

scan (examine minutely or intensely)

glance over; rake; run down; scan; skim (examine hastily)

survey (look over in a comprehensively, inspect)

auscultate (examine by auscultation)

autopsy (perform an autopsy on a dead body; do a post-mortem)

candle (examine eggs for freshness by holding them against a light)

x-ray (examine by taking x-rays)

search (subject to a search)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

The customs agents examine the bags for drugs


Sense 3examine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Question or examine thoroughly and closely

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

probe; examine

Hypernyms (to "examine" is one way to...):

investigate; look into (investigate scientifically)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "examine"):

hear; try (examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process)

re-examine (question after cross-examination by opposing counsel)

enquire; inquire; investigate (conduct an inquiry or investigation of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4examine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Question closely

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "examine" is one way to...):

query; question (pose a question)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "examine"):

quiz; test (examine someone's knowledge of something)

cross examine; cross question (question closely, or question a witness that has already been questioned by the opposing side)

catechise; catechize (examine through questioning and answering)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP


Sense 5examine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

test; try out; essay; try; examine; prove

Context examples:

This approach has been tried with good results / Test this recipe

Hypernyms (to "examine" is one way to...):

evaluate; judge; pass judgment (form a critical opinion of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "examine"):

control; verify (verify or regulate by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard, of scientific experiments)

float (circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with)

field-test (test something under the conditions under which it will actually be used)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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