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noun examination pronunciation in American English /ɪɡˌzæmɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an occasion when a doctor looks carefully at someones body to make certain they are healthy
    The doctor will give you a full examination before the trip.
    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a careful look at something in order to find out about it or see what it is like
      examination of: Engineers made a thorough examination of the wreckage.
      on closer examination: It looked like a shed, but on closer examination we could see it was someone’s house.
    2. b.
      [countable/uncountable] a careful study of an idea or plan to see how good it is
      These proposals will need detailed examination before a decision can be reached.
  2. 2
    [countable] formal an exam 1
    take an examination: Students will take a two-hour examination at the end of the year.
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] an occasion when a lawyer asks someone questions in court
    examination of: Further examination of the witness revealed that he had met the murdered woman on several occasions.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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