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  • verb transitive To examine something with great care.
  • verb transitive To audit accounts etc in order to verify them.

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  • verb examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification
  • verb to look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail


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  • The CPI-M activists have set up 'check posts' at places on way to Nandigram to 'scrutinise' the entry of people even though the administration has not yet imposed Section 144 CrPC.

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  • In a statement in Pretoria he said the promotion of 7719 black, coloured and Indian and 3722 white officers had been recommended by an interim board appointed to "scrutinise" promotions due before

    ANC Daily News Briefing 1994

  • John Healey, Labour's shadow health spokesman, said that having allowed so little time for the health bill committee to scrutinise the repackaged NHS plans, this again shows David Cameron and his ministers looking to railroad their legislation through the Commons.

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  • Fabio Capello is due back at his desk on Monday, though any hopes the Italian may have had in keeping his visit brief before heading for Merseyside to scrutinise Steven Gerrard's form and fitness may have been dashed by the few succinct words he afforded Rai 1 on Sunday night.

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  • She urged hospitals to introduce independent clinical "patient safeguarding champions" who would identify wards where "a long-term cultural change is required" in how patients are treated and scrutinise quality of care until elderly patients are being looked after properly.

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  • We need the government to scrutinise organisational pay, demand more transparency from companies on pay bandings and publicly expose organisations found guilty of fuelling the gender pay gap.

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  • The government's plan to remove sectoral FDI caps below 49% would come with a set of riders as it wants to closely scrutinise sensitive sectors like insurance, news media and defence once the liberal regime is in place.

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  • Rick Santorum was on next, urging students to scrutinise their choice of candidate closely: "You have a tough choice to make."

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  • The high pay commission was set up last November to scrutinise the rising pay of those at the top of the public and private sectors.

    Pay gap widening to Victorian levels 2011

  • What is urgently required is a select committee within the House of Lords to scrutinise those hidden aspects of the bill that will do most damage.

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  • The first injection was 'in the bottom to gently relax you'. I scrutinised the ceiling for signs of change.

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    August 2, 2008