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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


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


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


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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