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

  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.
    • 2020 June 3, Lilian Greenwood talks to Paul Stephen, “Rail's 'underlying challenges' remain”, in Rail, page 31:
      But few MPs could claim to have followed and scrutinised Government transport policy to the extent that she has over the past decade.
  2. (transitive) To audit accounts etc in order to verify them.