Definition of scrutinize in US English:


(British scrutinise)


[with object]
  • Examine or inspect closely and thoroughly.

    ‘customers were warned to scrutinize the small print’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They stare out at us as though it is they who are the audience and we who are being scrutinised - and found wanting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘The more we scrutinised traditional studio values, the more they resonated,’ says Thompson.’
    • ‘Tooth-brushes are scrutinised for fear that the bristles came from the loathsome pig.’
    • ‘Therefore, the Legislative branch checks and scrutinises the work done by the Executive branch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tradition too is an important element, more so when one scrutinises the fundamentals of the game.’
    • ‘In this tight economy, the public scrutinizes art purchases more closely than ever.’
    • ‘As a result of being scrutinised closely by public authorities at every stage, its final form was the outcome of a number of compromises.’
    • ‘The scan was scrutinized by a specialist in adult cardiology, who discovered a small hole in the infant's heart.’
    • ‘Farms nearer to streams are expected to be more closely scrutinized by regulators and, thus, under greater pressure to adopt BMPs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Analysts in Europe scrutinize the NZ example as they draft proposed reforms to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy.’
    • ‘Researchers are scrutinizing the effects of different winter weight gains on meat quality to determine exactly how much gain is really optimal.’
    • ‘All submitted data were carefully scrutinized and checked for completeness.’
    • ‘Another board of officers then scrutinises them and the divisional commander sends it up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    examine carefully, inspect, survey, scan, study, look over, peruse
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