• IPA: /ɪɡˈzæmɪn/

examine (examines, present participle examining; past and past participle examined)

  1. to observe or inspect carefully or critically
    He examined the crime scene for clues.
    She examined the hair sample under a microscope.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page vii:
      With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get{{...}
  2. to check the health or condition of something or someone
    The doctor examined the patient.
  3. to determine the aptitude, skills or qualifications of someone by subjecting them to an examination
  4. to interrogate
    The witness was examined under oath.
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