• WordNet 3.6
    • v examine consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning "analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare","analyze the evidence in a criminal trial","analyze your real motives"
    • v examine question closely
    • v examine question or examine thoroughly and closely
    • v examine observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect "The customs agent examined the baggage","I must see your passport before you can enter the country"
    • v examine put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to "This approach has been tried with good results","Test this recipe"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A little girl with an armful of flowers examines a butterfly perched on her hand A little girl with an armful of flowers examines a butterfly perched on her hand
Three men examine a locket Three men examine a locket
Joan Examined in Prison——128 Joan Examined in Prison——128
The king examines the old woman's bread The king examines the old woman's bread

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: German chemist Hennig Brand discovered phosphorus while he was examining urine for a way to turn baser metals into gold.
    • Examine To interrogate as in a judicial proceeding; to try or test by question; as, to examine a witness in order to elicit testimony, a student to test his qualifications, a bankrupt touching the state of his property, etc. "The offenders that are to be examined ."
    • Examine To test by any appropriate method; to inspect carefully with a view to discover the real character or state of; to subject to inquiry or inspection of particulars for the purpose of obtaining a fuller insight into the subject of examination, as a material substance, a fact, a reason, a cause, the truth of a statement; to inquire or search into; to explore; as, to examine a mineral; to examine a ship to know whether she is seaworthy; to examine a proposition, theory, or question. "Examine well your own thoughts.""Examine their counsels and their cares."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rudyard Kipling was fired as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. His dismissal letter was reported to have said, "I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language. This isn't a kindergarten for amateur writers."
    • examine To inspect or survey carefully; look into the state of; scrutinize and compare the parts of; view or observe in all aspects and relations, with the purpose of forming a correct opinion or judgment: as, to examine a ship (to learn whether she is sea-worthy); to examine a composition (for the purpose of correcting its errors).
    • examine To subject to legal inquisition; put to question in regard to conduct or to knowledge of facts; interrogate: as, to examine a witness or a suspected or accused person.
    • examine To inquire into the qualifications, capabilities, or progress of, by interrogatories: as, to examine the candidates for a degree, or for a license to practise in a profession; to examine applicants for office or employment.
    • examine To try or assay by appropriate methods or tests: as, to examine minerals or chemical compounds. Synonyms To scrutinize, investigate, study, consider, canvass.
    • examine To interrogate, catechize.
    • n examine Examination.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: German chemist Hennig Brand discovered phosphorus while he was examining urine.
    • v.t Examine egz-am′in to test: to inquire into: to question
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  • Tom Morris
    Tom Morris
    “The unlived life is not worth examining.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.”
  • W. Winwood Reade
    W. Winwood Reade
    “The philosophic spirit of inquiry may be traced to brute curiosity, and that to the habit of examining all things in search of food.”
  • Margaret Atwood
    Margaret Atwood
    “Popular art is the dream of society; it does not examine itself.”
  • Samuel Goldwyn
    “Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.”
  • Karl Albrecht
    Karl Albrecht
    “If the frontline people do count, you couldn't prove it by examining the reward systems in most organizations.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. examinare, examinatum, fr. examen, examinis,: cf. F. examiner,. See Examen
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. examināreexamen (=exagmen), the tongue of a balance.


In literature:

In each case, he holds, all the circumstances of the case must be examined and considered.
"Custom and Myth" by Andrew Lang
To be sure, he himself does not apply it when he comes to examine the Myth of Cronos.
"Modern Mythology" by Andrew Lang
Bid me wait a month, a year, any time, till you examine more closely your own heart.
"Hatchie, the Guardian Slave; or, The Heiress of Bellevue" by Warren T. Ashton
Both men examined the chart in silence.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
Let us examine the point with a little more attention.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Also to ascertain whether a substance under examination will sublimate volatile matter of a certain appearance.
"A System of Instruction in the Practical Use of the Blowpipe" by Anonymous
I should really like to examine it!
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
The case was examined in 1882 and 1883, and was again specially examined very thoroughly and critically in 1885.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by Grover Cleveland
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Grey
Messrs Gore and Roberts sent to examine its Extent.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16" by Robert Kerr

In poetry:

So it pushed a little leaflet
Up into the light of day,
To examine the surroundings
And show the rest the way.
"The Seedling" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
"I MUST have made a mull,
This matter I've been blind in it:
Examine, please, MY skull,
And tell me what you find in it."
"Phrenology" by William Schwenck Gilbert
When two folks are to union prone,
Then Hymen's cause moves gently on.
To grasp his torch he will not faulter,
That he may light them to the altar.
Examine whether 'tis in case right,
Give it a rap to make it blaze bright.
"A.B.C." by William Hutton
Examine all the weddings round,
See which are rotten, which are sound
You'll find the first, when through you've gone,
Rather resemble two to one.
Then is that state a state of bliss
Where one shall hit and two shall miss?
"The Pleasures Of Matrimony" by William Hutton
Each year when Autumn comes
The crows make a black bridge across the milky sea,
And then these two poor stars
Can run together in gold and be at peace.
Darling, for my sake work hard
And be received with honour at the Examinations.
"Waiting To Marry A Student" by Edward Powys Mathers
And they discovered a spirit cask and the contents oozing rapidly,
And the man with the light stooped to examine it immediately;
And in doing so he dropped fhe lamp while in a state of amaze,
And, oh horror! in a minute the forehold was in a blaze.
"The Burning of the Ship 'Kent'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Technicians examine the $2 billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer instrument in a work stand ahead of its planned launch on NASA's space shuttle Endeavour.
Interbody Fusion Devices —examines several test parameters used in the evaluation of interbody spacers and other fusion devices (ASTM F2077).
Get all the latest news on my Upstate Restaurant Examiner column and check out what's coming up on my NY Drinks Events Calendar.
Role of Texas Shooter's Muslim Faith Is Examined.
A survey done by New York University's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies examined those issues that venture capitalists feel can make or break a deal.
National Gallery's 'I Spy' examines the assumed reality of candid photography.
The latest novel of award-winning Nigerian author Sefi Atta examines the gap between two continents with this story of a Nigerian working in the London offices of an international charity.
On Thursday, July 14, the ACC San Diego Chapter will examine the attorney-client privilege in a brown bag seminar, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, at the offices of Baker & McKenzie, 12544 High Bluff Drive in San Diego.
One of my favorite intellectual exercises, often with the help of others, is examining a business through a different lens.
Examining ZLD Options for Electric Power Facilities.
Until then, examine the cornea using a barrier filter.
Doctor prepared to examine the patient.
"The Saturday Early Show" hosts Chris Wragge and Erica Hill examine some of this week's wildest and wackiest news stories.
'Bully' film examines consequences for families.
You can read her column at www.examiner.com/x-43799-Chicago-Career-Coach-Examiner She also writes for Western International University on student retention and have published over 100 articles.

In science:

It is, therefore, important to examine the ω (φ) → ∞ limit of ST theories.
General relativity limit of the scalar-tensor theories for traceless matter field
We will examine an important class of f (u) and g (u), for which Pη=1 (k) can be explicitly computed from equation (10).
An Algorithm Generating Scale Free Graphs
To this end, we also examine other approaches in order to justify the design of ·  ·.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
In large domains, users typically examine and evaluate only a small percentage of all items.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
They examined these real world networks to test the existence of small-world properties.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research