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ex·am·ine

 (ĭg-zăm′ĭn)
tr.v. ex·am·ined, ex·am·in·ing, ex·am·ines
1.
a. To observe carefully or critically; inspect: examined the room for clues.
b. To study or analyze: examine a tissue sample under a microscope; examine the structure of a novel; examine one's own motives.
2. To test or check the condition or health of: examine a patient.
3. To determine the qualifications, aptitude, or skills of by means of questions or exercises: Students are examined with standardized tests.
4. To question formally, as to elicit facts or information; interrogate: examine a witness under oath. See Synonyms at ask.

[Middle English examinen, from Old French examiner, from Latin exāmināre, from exāmen, a weighing out, from exigere, to weigh out; see exact.]

ex·am′in·a·ble adj.
ex·am′in·er n.
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I'm sure we work hard enough to earn it," cried Jo, examining the heels of her shoes in a gentlemanly manner.
When he saw me examining it, he turned to me with his far-away look that always made me feel as if I were down at the bottom of a well.
Pontellier was very fond of walking about his house examining its various appointments and details, to see that nothing was amiss.
Well, let them," he added, examining his flint; "the leading man certainly comes on to his death, though it should be Montcalm himself
Carr's escape and Christie's uneasiness, Jessie, who had been examining the details of the living-room, broke in upon this conversation.
But, on examining the papers which the parchment commission served to envelop, I found more traces of Mr.
Upon entering the place I found a number of young seamen gathered about a table, examining by a dim light divers specimens of skrimshander.
The latter arrived first, and Jurgis found him examining the "swag.
But he has sold you, my poor woman, there's no doubt about it," said a good-natured looking man, who had been examining the papers; "he has done it, and no mistake.
I was impatient to see what this was; and to show, too, how much more admirable was the one which I should display to the Examining Board.
I will go on examining authorities and reporting progress until she is well enough to get me out of this scrape by presiding herself.
Then they screw a glass into their eye and go to examining us, as if we were a curious kind of foreign bug, or something of that sort.