Definitions of examine

  1. 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"
  2. put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; " This approach has been tried with good results"; " Test this recipe"
  3. question or examine thoroughly and closely
  4. 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"
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. To scrutinize or investigate carefully; search or inquire into; to question, as a witness; test orally or by papers the knowledge, qualifications, etc., of; test.
  8. Examiner.
  9. To test: to inquire into: to question.
  10. To search; scrutinize; inquire into; question.
  11. To investigate critically; scrutinize; test; question.
  12. Examination.
  13. To inspect carefully, with a view to discover truth or the real state of a thing; to inquire into, as the facts of a case, by interrogating; to view in all aspects, with a view to a judgment; to test qualifications by propounding questions and problems; to try by a test; to try by a rule or law.
  14. To inspect carefully with a view to discover the real state of; to search or inquire into; to try by experiment, rule, or law; to scrutinise.

Usage examples for examine

  1. But let me examine you! – The Tale of Solomon Owl by Arthur Scott Bailey
  2. We have as good a right to examine thy back, as are have to examine his. – Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child
  3. I thought I should like to examine it. – The-Circus-Boys-on-the-Flying-Rings-or-Making-the-Start-in-the-Sawdust-Life by Darlington, Edgar B. P.
  4. Let us now examine my purse. – The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont by Robert Barr
  5. He did not permit himself to go on to examine into his reasons. – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips
  6. Will you let me examine that revolver? – 32 Caliber by Donald McGibeny
  7. Why doom'd me to examine in my lov'd one's Little- go? – Sagittulae, Random Verses by E. W. Bowling
  8. You see, we guessed you might want to examine the house, but we weren't certain. – The Grell Mystery by Frank Froest
  9. I must examine it! – Sube Cane by Edward Bellamy Partridge
  10. And so this questioning self, which would never be denied for long, began to examine him, as to his proposed night's work. – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  11. His breath failed, but he did not cease to search, look, examine. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  12. I went to examine it, and presently the bird followed me. – The Foot-path Way by Bradford Torrey
  13. In answer, we say, the simple fact is that they do not have better lessons; and, in proof, we ask any one to examine the class- books of Oberlin for the last ten years. – The Education of American Girls by Anna Callender Brackett
  14. You had better examine him closely if you get another chance." – The Mystery of 31 New Inn by R. Austin Freeman
  15. And he certainly was in the cloisters one day- So as to examine the place, said the Major. – The Mandarin's Fan by Fergus Hume
  16. Even then he sent to Tiffany's for a man to examine it. – McAllister and His Double by Arthur Train
  17. The master may then examine the class in any branch of learning. – My Book of Indoor Games by Clarence Squareman
  18. Perhaps if you were to cross- examine me severely I might own that Alwyn Gaythorne is not the man I should have selected for your interesting friend, but as she has chosen him, she is evidently of another opinion, and this is one thing in his favour, he is thoroughly in love with her, and really, take him all in all, he is not a bad fellow, and Olivia, who understood her husband perfectly, was quite content with this opinion. – Doctor Luttrell's First Patient by Rosa Nouchette Carey
  19. He was more anxious to examine the place where the meetings were to be held. – The Poorhouse Waif and His Divine Teacher by Isabel C. Byrum
  20. " I am afraid it is not good, sir," said the lad, whose business it was to examine the money for his master. – The Parent's Assistant by Maria Edgeworth