verb (-nized; -nizing) Date: 1671 transitive verb to examine closely and minutely intransitive verb to make a scrutiny • scrutinizer noun Synonyms: scrutinize, scan, inspect, examine mean to look at or over. scrutinize stresses close attention to minute detail <
scrutinized the hospital bill
. scan implies a surveying from point to point often suggesting a cursory overall observation <
scanned the wine list
. inspect implies scrutinizing for errors or defects <
inspected my credentials
. examine suggests a scrutiny in order to determine the nature, condition, or quality of a thing <
examined the specimens

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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