Definition of scrutinize in English:


(also scrutinise)


  • Examine or inspect closely and thoroughly.

    ‘customers were warned to scrutinize the small print’
    • ‘This 25-minute piece closely examines, almost scrutinizes, a key scene from the film - the scene I mentioned earlier where Jake outlines the plan to his gang.’
    • ‘They stare out at us as though it is they who are the audience and we who are being scrutinised - and found wanting.’
    • ‘Tooth-brushes are scrutinised for fear that the bristles came from the loathsome pig.’
    • ‘Every student dollar spent will be closely scrutinised to ensure that students are getting the best value for money and no money is wasted on frivolous exec pet projects.’
    • ‘Her copper studies include unique investigations in which she has scrutinized the effects of very low and very high intakes to find out what's safe for us - and what likely isn't.’
    • ‘The scan was scrutinized by a specialist in adult cardiology, who discovered a small hole in the infant's heart.’
    • ‘As a result of being scrutinised closely by public authorities at every stage, its final form was the outcome of a number of compromises.’
    • ‘Tradition too is an important element, more so when one scrutinises the fundamentals of the game.’
    • ‘Researchers are scrutinizing the effects of different winter weight gains on meat quality to determine exactly how much gain is really optimal.’
    • ‘Therefore, the Legislative branch checks and scrutinises the work done by the Executive branch.’
    • ‘With a 30-second spot during tonight's Academy Awards ceremony valued at up to $2.1 million, advertisers will closely scrutinise the television coverage generated by the event.’
    • ‘Entering Indigo, I was greeted by the sight of many twenty-somethings' faces either glancing casually at me, or, like several, scrutinising me all the way to the seat I took at one of the tables.’
    • ‘In a similar way, Botha's use of materials coupled with a technical and formal capability allow him to probe and scrutinize issues inaccessible to those with less ability.’
    • ‘‘The more we scrutinised traditional studio values, the more they resonated,’ says Thompson.’
    • ‘Another board of officers then scrutinises them and the divisional commander sends it up.’
    • ‘Most typically, Sherman has been compared to a child who enacts different roles, but she introduces the sharp critical adult gaze that scrutinises the changing face of the human condition.’
    • ‘He spent much of 1899, when he was 32, steeping himself in the literature of aeronautics; he scrutinised the flight patterns of hawks, buzzards and pigeons; he assembled and flew kites.’
    • ‘All submitted data were carefully scrutinized and checked for completeness.’
    • ‘Kyd's drama thoroughly scrutinizes the pros and cons of revenge, both public and private, as it was denounced and in some cases excused by Christianity.’
    • ‘Analysts in Europe scrutinize the NZ example as they draft proposed reforms to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy.’
    • ‘In this tight economy, the public scrutinizes art purchases more closely than ever.’
    • ‘Farms nearer to streams are expected to be more closely scrutinized by regulators and, thus, under greater pressure to adopt BMPs.’
    examine carefully, inspect, survey, scan, study, look over, peruse
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