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Definition of examination noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] (formal) = exam to take an examination in mathematics an entrance examination Applicants are selected on the results of a competitive examination. Usetake an examinationnotwrite an examination.
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] the act of looking at or considering something very carefully Careful 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. 3[countable] a close look at something or someone, especially to see if there is anything wrong or to find the cause of a problem a complete physical examination a postmortem examination
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: examination