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Examine appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Would you please examine both sizes of jade figures very quickly? (54 letters)
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Examine appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Stolen Imax enemy, again a mask’s a mania gay men examine lots.
  • "Stolen Imax editors I’m lifting up mix essays on signals rehearsed if no crew open an inane power", confides Rae; her "Slang is nosy as sex – impugn it" film is rot I’d examine lots.
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Definition of the verb examine

What does examine mean as a doing word?

Examine is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: examined | examining | examines

  1. consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
  2. observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
    • examples: The customs agent examined the baggage | The customs agents examine the bags for drugs
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonym of examine: see
    • more specific terms:
    • entailment: look = perceive with attention
  3. question or examine thoroughly and closely
  4. question closely
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: query / question = pose a question
    • more specific terms:
  5. put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of examine: essay / prove / test / try / try out
    • more generic terms: evaluate / judge / pass judgment = form a critical opinion of
    • more specific words:
      • control / verify = check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard
      • float = circulate or discuss tentatively
      • field-test = test something under the conditions under which it will actually be used

Alternative definition of the verb examine


  1. To observe or inspect carefully or critically.
  2. To check the health or condition of something or someone.
  3. To determine the aptitude, skills or qualifications of someone by subjecting them to an examination.
  4. To interrogate.


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Phrases with Examine

  1. re-examine
  2. cross examine
  3. cross-examine

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Examine

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Google previewParticipation in Crime (2016)

Domestic and Comparative Perspectives by Alan Reed, Michael Bohlander

The second issue to examine is the liability of internet service and content providers for the hosting or distribution of child pornography. Most laws have...

Cybersuicide The first behaviour to examine is that of cybersuicide. It should be noted at ...

Google previewHow to Win a Roman Chariot Race (2015)

Lives, Legends and Treasures from the Ancient World by Jane Hood

A further move that Socrates suggests they should examine is that the holy is what is loved by all the gods. Now, is the holy loved by all the gods because it is holy, or is it because it ...

Google previewEurope, Globalization and Sustainable Development (2004)

by John Barry, Brian Baxter, Richard Dunphy

Sustainability The first concept to examine is that of sustainability. This encapsulates the basic value to which all relevant policies, whether of states or of the European Union, are to be oriented. Some would argue that the particular version of ...

Google previewNonlinear Optics (2003)

Theory, Numerical Modeling, and Applications by Partha P. Banerjee

The second configuration we will examine is a linear-nonlinear interface. In this case, the interface provides the feedback due to refractive index mismatch. In fact , the reflection coefficient (as well as the transmission coefficient) is modified due ...

Google previewPracticing Christianity (2006)

Critical Perspectives for an Embodied Spirituality by Margaret R. Miles

Dietrich Bonhoefferl The final issue emerging from devotional manuals that we will examine is that of the relative value, for Christian life, of happiness and suffering. Twentieth-century Christians frequently feel dismayed at the focus on ...

Google previewSpeaking Rights to Power (2013)

Constructing Political Will by Alison Brysk

The outcome to examine is the success of communication politics to secure improvements in human rights. “Success” may be more meaningfully assessed as progress along a spectrum that runs from getting attention through mobilizing ...

Google previewPonapean-English Dictionary (1979)

by Kenneth L. Rehg, Damian G. Sohl

examine to examine, ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

jurors: voir dire examination of tissue removed: biopsy examination or investigation: inquisition examination, oral: viva voce examination, study intensely for impending: cram examination, to supervise: invigilate, monitor, proctor examine: ask ...

Google previewSimiles Dictionary (2013)

by Elyse Sommer

auctioneer brought in for appraisal, every object it contained —Richard Russo Examine [a face] as though it were a portrait in a public gallery —Ella Leffland Examine like a customs inspector —Anon Examine like a job hunter fine combs the ...

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Usage statistics about examine

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Quotes about Examine

When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. (Confucius)
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Scrabble value of E1X8A1M3I1N1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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