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scrutinize

verb

  1. (see)  to look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail
    Synonyms: scrutinise [British spelling], size up, take stock. Type of: examine
  2. (analyze)  to examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification
    Synonyms: audit, inspect, scrutinise [British spelling]. Type of: analyze

Etymology summary

see "scrutiny" + "-ize".
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

scrutinize [transitive] | scrutinise | scrutinizer [derived] | scrutiniser [noun, derived]

to examine carefully or in minute detail (7 of 329 words, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/scrutinize

Merriam-Webster:

scrutinize | scrutinized [past tense] | scrutinizing [present participle] | scrutinise [British] | audit [synonym, sense-specific] | check [synonym, sense-specific] | con [synonym, sense-specific] | examine [synonym, sense-specific] | overlook [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to examine closely and minutely | to make a scrutiny (9 of 173 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/scrutinize

Oxford Dictionary:

scrutinize | scrutinise | scrutinization [derived] | scrutinizer [derived]

examine or inspect closely and thoroughly (6 of 50 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/scrutinize

Macmillan British Dictionary:

scrutinize [transitive] | scrutinized [past tense] | scrutinizing [present participle] | scrutinizes [3rd-person singular present] | scrutinise [British spelling]

to examine something very carefully (5 of 34 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/scrutinize

Cambridge Dictionary:

scrutinize | scrutinise [British]

to examine something very carefully in order to discover information (10 of 31 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/scrutinize

Random House Dictionary:

scrutinize | scrutinized [past tense] | scrutinizing [present participle] | scrutinise [British, sense-specific]

to examine in detail with careful or critical attention. | to conduct a scrutiny. (13 of 25 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/scrutinize

Wiktionary:

scrutinize | scrutinized [past tense] | scrutinizing [present participle] | scrutinizes [3rd-person singular present] | scrutinise [British, sense-specific]

[transitive] To examine something with great care. | [transitive] To audit accounts etc in order to verify them. (17 of 23 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/scrutinize

New World Dictionary:

scrutinize | scrutinized [past tense] | scrutinizing [present participle] | scrutinizer [noun, related]

to look at very carefully; examine closely; inspect minutely (9 of 21 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scrutinize

American Heritage Dictionary:

scrutinize | scrutinized [past tense] | scrutinizing [present participle] | scrutinizes [3rd-person singular present] | scrutinizer [noun, related] | scrutinizingly [adverb, related]

To examine or observe with great care; inspect critically. (9 of 19 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scrutinize

Encarta Dictionary:

scrutinize | scrutinized [past tense] | scrutinizing [present participle] | scrutinizes [3rd-person singular present]

to examine somebody or something closely and carefully (8 of 41 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861709815​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

scrutinize

First use: 1670s

Origin: see "scrutiny" + "-ize".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=scrutinize

scrutiny

First use: early 15th century

Origin: "a vote to choose someone to decide a question", from Late Latin scrutinium "a search, inquiry", from Latin scrutari "to examine, ... (24 of 40 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=scrutiny

-ize

Origin: suffix forming verbs, Middle English -isen, from Old French -iser, from Late Latin -izare, from Greek -izein. English ... (18 of 89 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=-ize

Wiktionary:

scrutinize | scrutinized [past tense] | scrutinizing [present participle] | scrutinizes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: scrutiny + -ize.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/scrutinize

scrutiny | scrutinies [plural] | scrutinied [past tense] | scrutinying [present participle]

Origin: Middle English scrutiny, from Medieval Latin scrūtinium ("a search, an inquiry"), from Vulgar Latin scrūtārī ("to search or examine thoroughly"), of uncertain origin. Possibly from Late Latin scrūta ("rubbish,... (29 of 110 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/scrutiny

-ize | -ise

Origin: Middle English -isen ("-ise, -ize"), from Old French -iser ("-ize"), from Latin -izāre ("-ize"), from Ancient Greek -ίζειν (-izein), from Proto-Indo-European *-idyĆ©- (verbal suffix). Cognate with Gothic ... (27 of 44 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ize

New World Dictionary:

scrutinize | scrutinized [past tense] | scrutinizing [present participle]

Origin: "scrutiny" + "-ize"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scrutinize

scrutiny | scrutinies [plural]

Origin: Late Latin scrutinium from Latin scrutari, to examine carefully, rummage through odds and ends from scruta, trash, probably ... (18 of 33 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scrutiny

-ize

Origin: Middle English -isen from Old French -iser from Late Latin -izare from Greek -izein

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ize-suffix

Encarta Dictionary:

scrutinize | scrutinies [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Latin scrutinium "inquiry" from scrutinari "examine" from scruta "trash"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861709815​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

scrutinize [transitive] | scrutinise

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "scrutinize"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/scrutinize

Macmillan British Dictionary:

scrutinize [transitive] | scrutinized [past tense] | scrutinizing [present participle] | scrutinizes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "scrutinize"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/scrutinize

Macmillan American Dictionary:

scrutinize [transitive] | scrutinized [past tense] | scrutinizing [present participle] | scrutinizes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "scrutinize"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/scrutinize

Cambridge Dictionary:

scrutinize

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "scrutinize"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "scrutinize"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/scrutinize

the Free Dictionary:

scrutinize

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "scrutinize"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "scrutinize"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "scrutinize" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/scrutinize

Google Dictionary:

scrutinize | scrutinized [past tense] | scrutinised [past tense] | scrutinising [present participle] | scrutinizing [present participle] | scrutinizes [3rd-person singular present] | scrutinises [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "scrutinize"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

scrutinize

Audio: North American pronunciation of "scrutinize"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=scruti​02 word=scrutinize

YourDictionary Audio:

scrutinize

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "scrutinize" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scrutinize

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