A Word A Day : Scrutinize

Word of 13th July 2007: A Word A Day-Scrutinize


( Verb )

Scrutinize (SKROOT uh NIZE): to examine very carefully

I scrutinized the card catalog at the library but couldn't find a single book in the topic I had chose for my term paper.

The rocket scientists scrutinized thousands of pages of computer printouts, looking for a clue to why the rocket had exploded.

My mother scrutinized my clothes and my appearance before I left for the evening, but even after several minutes of careful analysis she was unable to find anything to complain about.

To scrutinize something is to subject it to scrutiny.

The clever forgery fooled the museum curator but did not withstand the scrutiny of the experts. After studying for several weeks, the experts pronounced the painting to be a fake.

Something that cannot be examined is inscrutable. Inscrutable means mysterious, impossible to understand.

We had no idea what Bill was thinking since his smile was inscrutable.

Poker players try to be inscrutable to their opponents.

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