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Dictionary Definition



1 consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning; "analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare"; "analyze the evidence in a criminal trial"; "analyze your real motives" [syn: analyze, analyse, study, canvass, canvas]
2 observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect; "The customs agent examined the baggage"; "I must see your passport before you can enter the country" [syn: see]
3 question or examine thoroughly and closely [syn: probe]
4 question closely
5 put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe" [syn: test, prove, try, try out, essay]

User Contributed Dictionary



From examiner, from examinare.



  1. To observe or inspect carefully or critically.
    He examined the crime scene for clues.
  2. To study or analyse.
    She examined the hair sample under a microscope.
  3. To check the health or condition of something or someone.
    The doctor examined the patient.
  4. To determine the aptitude, skills or qualifications of someone by subjecting them to an examination.
  5. To interrogate.
    The witness was examined under oath.


To observe or inspect carefully or critically
To study or analyse
To check the health or condition of something or someone
To determine the aptitude, skills or qualifications of someone by subjecting them to an examination
To interrogate



  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, examiner#French|examiner
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, examiner#French|examiner
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, examiner#French|examiner

Extensive Definition

To examine somebody or something is to inspect it closely; hence, an examination is a detailed inspection or analysis of an object or person.
In an academic or professional context, examinations (or exams for short) are tests which aim to determine the ability of a student or a prospective practitioner. Exams are usually written tests, although some may be practical or have practical components, and vary greatly in structure, content and difficulty depending on the subject, the age group of the tested persons and the profession. A person who passes an examination receives a diploma, a driving or professional licence, depending on the examination's objectives. A competitive examination is an examination where applicants compete for a limited number of positions, as opposed to merely having to reach a certain level to pass.
A comprehensive examination is a specific type of exam taken by graduate students, which may determine their eligibility to continue their studies.
In the UK an examination is usually supervised by an invigilator. The invigilator is responsible for the smooth running of the examination, and for ensuring that there is no cheating.

See also

examine in German: Prüfung
examine in French: Examen
examine in Japanese: 試験
examine in Russian: Экзамен
examine in Swedish: Examination
examine in Chinese: 考试

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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