Definition of examination noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



1 [countable] (formal) = examto take an examination in mathematicsan entrance examinationApplicants are selected on the results of a competitive Use take an examination not write an examination.2 [uncountable, countable] the act of looking at or considering something very carefullyCareful examination of the ruins revealed an even earlier temple.On closer examination, they found that the signature was not genuine.Your proposals are still under examination.The issue needs further examination.The chapter concludes with a brief examination of some of the factors causing family breakup.3 [countable] a close look at something or someone, especially to see if there is anything wrong or to find the cause of a problema complete physical examinationa postmortem examination
Usage noteUsage note: examsExam is the usual word for an important and formal written, spoken, or practical test at school or college, especially one that you need to do in order to get a qualification.Examination is a very formal word. A test is something that students might be given in order to see how much they have learned. A very short informal test is called a quiz.Quiz also means a contest in which people try to answer questions: a trivia quiz a quiz show