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scrutinise (third-person singular simple present scrutinises, present participle scrutinising, simple past and past participle scrutinised)

  1. (transitive) To examine something with great care.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 230b.
      Because his opinions are all over the place, they find it easy to scrutinise them and lay them out;
    • 2013 August 3, “Boundary problems”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8847:
      Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too. GDP measures the total value of output in an economic territory. Its apparent simplicity explains why it is scrutinised down to tenths of a percentage point every month.
  2. (transitive) To audit accounts etc in order to verify them.