• (RP) IPA: /ˈskɹuːtɨnaɪz/
  • (GA) enPR: skro͞otʹn-īz, IPA: /ˈskɹutn̩ˌaɪz/

scrutinize (scrutinizes, present participle scrutinizing; past and past participle scrutinized)

  1. (transitive) To examine something with great care or detail, as to look for hidden or obscure flaws.
    to scrutinize the conduct or motives of individuals
    • whose votes they were obliged to scrutinize
    • Those pronounced him youngest who scrutinized his face the closest.
  2. (transitive) To audit accounts etc in order to verify them.
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