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
Examples of inspect in a sentence
She had the car inspected by a mechanic before she bought it.
The candles are inspected for damage before being packaged.
After the storm, we went outside to inspect the damage.
He inspected the soldiers' barracks.
inspecting a restaurant for health code violations
Origin and Etymology 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
Rhymes with inspect
abject, advect, affect, aspect, bisect, cathect, collect, confect, connect, convect, correct, cowl-necked, defect, deflect, deject, detect, direct, Dordrecht, effect, eject, elect, erect, ewe-necked, expect, goosenecked, infect, inflect, inject, insect, neglect, object, pandect, porrect, prefect, prelect, project, prospect, protect, refect, reflect, reject, resect, respect, ring-necked, roll-necked, select, stiff-necked, subject, suspect, traject, transect, trisect, Utrecht, V-necked
INSPECT Defined for Kids
Definition of inspect for Students
1 : to examine closely <Doctors inspected the injury.>
2 : to view and examine in an official way <The president inspected the troops.>
Word Root of inspect
The Latin word specere, meaning “to look” or “to look at,” gives us the roots spec, spic, and spect. Words from the Latin specere have something to do with looking or watching. A spectator is a person who watches something, such as a sports event. Anything conspicuous is easy to see. To inspect is to look very closely at all parts of something. A specimen, or sample, is one example or one part that can show what the rest look like.
Legal Definition of inspect
1 : to view closely and critically
2 : to examine officially <inspect the facility for code violations>
: to make an inspection
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