Definition of examination noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪɡˌzæmɪˈneɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˌzæmɪˈneɪʃn//
    Exams and assessment, Medical examinations
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  1. 1  [countable] (formal) = exam to sit an examination in mathematics successful candidates in GCSE examinations Applicants are selected for jobs on the results of a competitive examination. Usetake/do/sit an examination notwrite an examination. See related entries: Exams and assessment
  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 it was 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 break-up.
  3. 3  [countable] a close look at something/somebody, especially to see if there is anything wrong or to find the cause of a problem a medical examination a post-mortem examination see also cross-examination See related entries: Medical examinations
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (also in the sense ‘testing (one's conscience) by a standard’): via Old French from Latin examinatio(n-), from examinare ‘weigh, test’, from examen ‘examination’.Extra examples A visual examination corroborated this. Constraints of space do not permit a thorough examination of all of these points. Each of the proposals deserves careful examination. Entrance was by competitive examination. He carried out a post-mortem examination. He failed his examination in history. He has just completed his final examinations at London University. He was marking school examination papers during the summer vacation. His ideas about social change do not stand up to close examination. His ideas do not stand up to close examination. I was advised to have a full eyesight examination. Most of them don’t really bear further examination. On closer examination the wood was found to be rotten. One of the teacher’s principal duties is to prepare students for external examinations. Patients were asked to lie on the examination table. Several items of clothing are still under examination. She lay on the examination couch and waited for the doctor to return. She will take her examinations later this year. Students may enter for both examinations. The examinations are set by individual teachers. The school curriculum has undergone critical examination in recent years. The school’s controversial methods have come under examination by the local authority. The stiff entrance examination removes 60 per cent of prospective students. These figures warrant closer examination. They rushed her into the examination room. This argument requires examination from several angles. We did examinations on the bodies. We will make a more thorough examination of the area later. a microscopic examination of the cell structure a periodic health examination a routine breast examination an examination on human anatomy genital checks and other intimate examinations the faults in the examination system A post-mortem examination indicated that the deceased had been poisoned. Careful examination of the evidence revealed more surprises. Doctors gave him a thorough medical examination. On closer examination, her story did not seem to stand up. On closer examination, it was found that the signature was not genuine. She failed her examination in history. The chapter concludes with a brief examination of what causes family break-up. There has been a fall in the number of examination candidates. This issue needs further examination. Your proposals are still under examination.
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