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examine - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'examine' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Examine [ v. t.]
- To test by any appropriate method; to inspect carefully with a view to discover the real character or state of; to subject to inquiry or inspection of particulars for the purpose of obtaining a fuller insight into the subject of examination, as a material substance, a fact, a reason, a cause, the truth of a statement; to inquire or search into; to explore; as, to examine a mineral; to examine a ship to know whether she is seaworthy; to examine a proposition, theory, or question.
- To interrogate as in a judicial proceeding; to try or test by question; as, to examine a witness in order to elicit testimony, a student to test his qualifications, a bankrupt touching the state of his property, etc.

Meaning of 'examine' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . examine [ v]
Meaning (1):
- consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
Example in sentence:
  • analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare;
  • analyze the evidence in a criminal trial;
  • analyze your real motives
Meaning (2):
- observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
Example in sentence:
  • I must see your passport before you can enter the country;
  • The customs agent examined the baggage
Meaning (3):
- put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
Example in sentence:
  • Test this recipe;
  • This approach has been tried with good results