Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To examine or observe with great care; inspect critically.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To examine something with great care.
  • v. To audit accounts etc in order to verify them.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make scrutiny.
  • transitive v. To examine closely; to inspect or observe with critical attention; to regard narrowly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To subject to scrutiny; observe or investigate closely; examine or inquire into critically; regard narrowly.
  • Synonyms Explore, etc. See search.
  • To make scrutiny.
  • Also spelled scrutinise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification
  • v. to look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail

Etymologies

From scrutiny +‎ -ize. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Congress - the very entity which authorized fractional reserve banking and the Federal Reserve ability effectiveyl control our economy - is now going to "scrutinize" it?!?

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  • We do pay the Congress to "scrutinize" things like this, but unfortunately, their corporate benefactors pay them much more to let the corporations do the "scrutinizing" for them.

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  • If you scrutinize both, you can probably figure it out based on button size and the slight difference in the bevels, but if you have to use the word "scrutinize," then the UI design has already failed.

    MacUser

  • If Obama didnt have anything questionable in his past, didnt have suspicious relationships with people of who are at best, unethical (and thats being kind by most standards) then there wouldnt be a need, would there, for any media to "scrutinize" him?

    The Imperfect Blog

  • In his charge to jurors, Trafford instructed them to "scrutinize" her testimony with "the greatest of care. . .

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  • If the Japanese feel they have threats in the neighborhood, as they do with North Korea and China, they tend to scrutinize our alliance.

    The Good Fight

  • She has little paper trail; she was never a judge and has no judicial opinions to scrutinize and has written relatively few law review articles.

    The Conservative Assault on the Constitution

  • That's not a waste of time, however, since the rooms are filled with curious and striking objects and decorations, which you may scrutinize almost as much as you'd like.

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  • Every one of them—every duke, earl, baron, knight, and all their ladies, perhaps most particularly the ladies—scrutinize me for any sign of weakness.

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  • He added that he would express his concerns to the government as regulators begin to scrutinize the deal.

    Clearwire CEO Expresses Concerns With AT&T Deal

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