from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To observe carefully or critically; inspect: examined the room for clues.
- transitive v. To study or analyze: examine a tissue sample under a microscope; examine the structure of a novel; examine one's own motives.
- transitive v. To test or check the condition or health of: examine a patient.
- transitive v. To determine the qualifications, aptitude, or skills of by means of questions or exercises.
- transitive v. To question formally, as to elicit facts or information; interrogate: examine a witness under oath. See Synonyms at ask.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To observe or inspect carefully or critically.
- v. To check the health or condition of something or someone.
- v. To determine the aptitude, skills or qualifications of someone by subjecting them to an examination.
- v. To interrogate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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
- transitive v. To interrogate as in a judicial proceeding; to try or test by question
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To inspect or survey carefully; look into the state of; scrutinize and compare the parts of; view or observe in all aspects and relations, with the purpose of forming a correct opinion or judgment: as, to examine a ship (to learn whether she is sea-worthy); to examine a composition (for the purpose of correcting its errors).
- To subject to legal inquisition; put to question in regard to conduct or to knowledge of facts; interrogate: as, to examine a witness or a suspected or accused person.
- To inquire into the qualifications, capabilities, or progress of, by interrogatories: as, to examine the candidates for a degree, or for a license to practise in a profession; to examine applicants for office or employment.
- To try or assay by appropriate methods or tests: as, to examine minerals or chemical compounds.
- To interrogate, catechize.
- n. Examination.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. question closely
- v. consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
- v. put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
- v. observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
- v. question or examine thoroughly and closely
Middle English examinen, from Old French examiner, from Latin exāmināre, from exāmen, a weighing out, from exigere, to weigh out; see exact.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French examiner, from Latin examinare. (Wiktionary)