- examination ex‧am‧i‧na‧tion [ɪgˌzæmˈneɪʆn] noun1. [countable, uncountable] when you look closely at something in order to see what it is like or whether it is in good condition:
• The cover-up was designed to obstruct the auditor's examination of his company's books.
• The tax department was making a routine examination of the company.when a government official formally looks at the activities of a company or financial institution to see that it is not doing anything illegal or wrong:
• Some banks haven't had a full regulatory examination for as long as two years.2. [countable, uncountable] LAW when someone is formally asked questions in a court of law, after having promised to tell the truth:
• A re-investigation would involve a fresh examination of witnesses.ˌcross-examiˈnation [countable, uncountable] LAWwhen someone in a court of law is asked questions by a lawyer for the other side after being asked questions by their own lawyer. The purpose of the cross-examination is to check facts and try to find out whether the person is telling the truth:
• The prosecution finished its cross-examination on Thursday night.
• He broke down and confessed under cross-examination.ˌpublic examiˈnation [countable]in Britain, a meeting that is open to members of the public where someone who has become bankrupt is questioned by people who are owed money and by officialsˌre-examiˈnation [countable, uncountable] LAWwhen someone in a court of law is asked further questions by their own lawyer after the cross-examination:
• The witnesses were subject to both cross-examination and re-examinations.3. [countable] a spoken or written test of knowledge:
• an accountancy examination
* * *examination UK US /ɪgˌzæmɪˈneɪʃən/ noun► [C or U] the process of checking something carefully in order to discover new information or prove particular facts: examination of sth »
The review includes a detailed examination of city records.»
close/comprehensive/careful examination► [C] (also exam) a formal test that you must pass in order to earn a particular qualification or to be allowed to do a particular job: take/pass/fail an examination »
Shortly after taking the bar examination he was offered a position at a local law firm.»
a certification/qualification/licensing examination
Financial and business terms. 2012.