verb (used with object), scru·ti·nized, scru·ti·niz·ing.
- to examine in detail with careful or critical attention.
verb (used without object), scru·ti·nized, scru·ti·niz·ing.
- to conduct a scrutiny.
- (tr) to examine carefully or in minute detail
n.1772, noun of action from scrutinize. v.1670s, from scrutiny + -ize. Related: Scrutinized; scrutinizing. Earlier verb was scrutine (1590s), from French.