examine: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ig-zam'in), [key]
— -ined, -in•ing.
  1. to inspect or scrutinize carefully: to examine a prospective purchase.
  2. to observe, test, or investigate (a person's body or any part of it), esp. in order to evaluate general health or determine the cause of illness.
  3. to inquire into or investigate: to examine one's motives.
  4. to test the knowledge, reactions, or qualifications of (a pupil, candidate, etc.), as by questions or assigning tasks.
  5. to subject to legal inquisition; put to question in regard to conduct or to knowledge of facts; interrogate: to examine a witness; to examine a suspect.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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