March 02, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
examine /ɪgˈzæmən/ verb

examines; examined; examining

The doctor is examining the X-ray.
The doctor is examining the X-ray.
Learner's definition of EXAMINE

[+ object]

1 : to look at (something) closely and carefully in order to learn more about it, to find problems, etc.

  • An accountant has been hired to examine the company's books.

  • We need to examine [=consider] this question more carefully.

  • The police examined the evidence carefully.

2 : to test or look carefully at (something or someone) for signs of illness or injury

  • You should have your eyes examined.

  • He was examined by several doctors, who found nothing wrong with him.

  • the examining room [=a room in a doctor's office where the doctor examines patients]

3 law : to question (someone) closely

  • examine a witness

— see also CROSS-EXAMINE

— examiner noun, plural examiners [count]

  • photo examiners


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