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English verb: examine

1. examine (cognition) consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning


SamplesAnalyze a sonnet by Shakespeare.
Analyze the evidence in a criminal trial.
Analyze your real motives.


ExamplesSam and Sue examine the movie


Synonymsanalyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, study


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)anatomize, appraise, assay, audit, check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, compare, consider, diagnose, diagnose, follow, go over, inspect, investigate, look at, look into, look into, name, reexamine, review, screen, scrutinise, scrutinize, sieve, sift, survey, survey, suss out, trace, view

2. examine (perception) observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect


SamplesThe customs agent examined the baggage.
I must see your passport before you can enter the country.


ExamplesThe customs agents examine the bags for drugs


Synonymssee


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)auscultate, autopsy, candle, check, glance over, inspect, look, peruse, rake, run down, scan, scan, scrutinise, scrutinize, search, search, size up, skim, survey, take stock, x-ray


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3. examine (communication) question or examine thoroughly and closely


Synonymsprobe


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)investigate, look into


Narrower (hyponym)enquire, hear, inquire, investigate, re-examine, try

4. examine (communication) question closely


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP


Broader (hypernym)query, question


Narrower (hyponym)catechise, catechize, cross examine, cross question, grill, quiz, test

5. examine (social) put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to


SamplesThis approach has been tried with good results.
Test this recipe.


Synonymsessay, prove, test, try, try out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment


Narrower (hyponym)control, field-test, float, verify









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