verb \in-ˈspekt\

: to look at (something) carefully in order to learn more about it, to find problems, etc.

: to officially visit a school, hospital, etc., in order to see if rules are being followed and things are in their proper condition

Full Definition of INSPECT

transitive verb
:  to view closely in critical appraisal :  look over
:  to examine officially <inspects the barracks every Friday>
intransitive verb
:  to make an inspection
in·spec·tive \-ˈspek-tiv\ adjective

Examples of INSPECT

  1. She had the car inspected by a mechanic before she bought it.
  2. The candles are inspected for damage before being packaged.
  3. After the storm, we went outside to inspect the damage.
  4. He inspected the soldiers' barracks.
  5. inspecting a restaurant for health code violations

Origin of INSPECT

Latin inspectus, past participle of inspicere, from in- + specere to look — more at spy
First Known Use: circa 1623


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