verb (used with object), ex·am·ined, ex·am·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), especially 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.

verb (tr)

  1. to look at, inspect, or scrutinize carefully or in detail; investigate
  2. education to test the knowledge or skill of (a candidate) in (a subject or activity) by written or oral questions or by practical tests
  3. law to interrogate (a witness or accused person) formally on oath
  4. med to investigate the state of health of (a patient)

adj.late 15c., from un- (1) “not” + past participle of examine. v.c.1300, from Old French examiner “interrogate, question, torture,” from Latin examinare “to test or try; weigh, consider, ponder,” from examen “a means of weighing or testing,” probably ultimately from exigere “weigh accurately” (see exact). Related: Examined; examining. v.

  1. To study or analyze an organic material.
  2. To test or check the condition or health of.
  3. To determine the qualifications, aptitude, or skills of by means of questions or exercises.

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