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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)

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examineverb [T]

uk   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 forclues about the ​cause of the ​explosion. The ​council is to examine ​ways of ​reducingtraffic in the ​citycentre. The ​research examined the ​effects of ​alcohol on ​long-termmemory. [+ question word] We need to examine how an ​accident like this can be ​avoided in the ​future. A ​psychiatrist was examined (= ​askedquestions) on the ​mentalstate of the ​defendant.
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examine verb [T] (TEST)

C2 to ​test someone's ​knowledge or ​skill in a ​particularsubject: We were examined onEuropeanhistory.UK You'll be examined in three ​mainareas; ​speaking, ​listening, and ​readingcomprehension.
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examineverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪɡˈzæmɪn/
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 ​financialstatements will then be thoroughly examined by an ​independentauditor.be examined by sb Before ​filing your ​taxreturn you may wish to have it examined by a ​certifiedtaxspecialist.
(Definition of examine from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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