Meaning of “examine” in the English Dictionary

"examine" in British English

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examineverb [ T ]

uk /ɪɡˈzæm.ɪn/ us /ɪɡˈzæm.ɪn/

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.

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  • The nurse pulled a screen around the bed so that the doctor could examine the patient in private.
  • We inject the rhinoceros with a powerful sedative, so that we can then examine it closely.
  • He squatted down and examined the front wheel of his bike.
  • Don't sign any contract before examining its conditions carefully.
  • We started our research into local history by examining the town's origins.

(Definition of “examine” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"examine" in American English

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examineverb [ T ]

us /ɪɡˈzæm·ən/

to look at or consider a person or thing carefully in order to discover something about the person or thing:

Investigators examined the wreckage for clues about the cause of the explosion.

(Definition of “examine” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"examine" in Business English

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examineverb [ T ]

uk /ɪɡˈzæmɪn/ us

to check or study something carefully, especially to prove an idea, learn new information, or discover possible problems:

thoroughly/closely/carefully examine sth The company’s financial statements will then be thoroughly examined by an independent auditor.
be examined by sb Before filing your tax return you may wish to have it examined by a certified tax specialist.

(Definition of “examine” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)