examine

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Examine \Ex*am"ine\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Examined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Examining}.] [L. examinare, examinatum, fr. examen, examinis: cf. F. examiner. See {Examen}.]

1. 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.

Examine well your own thoughts. --Chaucer.

Examine their counsels and their cares. --Shak.

2. 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.

The offenders that are to be examined. --Shak.

Syn: To discuss; debate; scrutinize; search into; investigate; explore. See {Discuss}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

examine

verb

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}, {examine}, {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: {examine}, {see}]

3: question or examine thoroughly and closely [syn: {probe}, {examine}]

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}, {examine}, {essay}]


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