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inspect

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verb in·spect \in-ˈspekt\

Simple Definition of inspect

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to view closely in critical appraisal :  look over

  3. 2 :  to examine officially <inspects the barracks every Friday>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make an inspection

in·spec·tive play \-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

Synonym Discussion of inspect

scrutinize, scan, inspect, examine mean to look at or over. scrutinize stresses close attention to minute detail <scrutinized the hospital bill>. scan implies a surveying from point to point often suggesting a cursory overall observation <scanned the wine list>. inspect implies scrutinizing for errors or defects <inspected my credentials>. examine suggests a scrutiny in order to determine the nature, condition, or quality of a thing <examined the specimens>.


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