Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “examine”

examine

verb [T] uk   /ɪɡˈzæm.ɪn/ us  

examine verb [T] (LOOK AT CAREFULLY)

B2 to look at or consider a person or thing carefully and in detail in order to discover something about them: Forensic scientists are examining the wreckage for clues about the cause of the explosion. The council is to examine ways of reducing traffic in the city centre. The research examined the effects of alcohol on long-term memory. [+ question word] We need to examine how an accident like this can be avoided in the future. A psychiatrist was examined (= asked questions) on the mental state of the defendant.Analysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating value

examine verb [T] (TEST)

C2 to test someone's knowledge or skill in a particular subject: We were examined on European history.UK You'll be examined in three main areas; speaking, listening and reading comprehension.Testing, checking and experimenting
(Definition of examine from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of examine?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “examine”

Definitions of “examine” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

nip

to press something quickly and quite hard between two objects, especially sharp objects such as teeth or nails

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More