au·​di·​tor | \ ˈȯ-də-tər How to pronounce auditor (audio) \

Definition of auditor

1 : a person authorized to examine and verify accounts
2 : one who hears or listens especially : one who is a member of an audience
3 : a person who audits a course of study
4 : a person who hears something (such as a court case) in the capacity of judge

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The auditing of a company's financial records by independent examiners on a regular basis is necessary to prevent "cooking the books", and thus to keep the company honest. We don't normally think of auditors as listening, since looking at and adding up numbers is their basic line of work, but auditors do have to listen to people's explanations, and perhaps that's the historical link. Hearing is more obviously part of another meaning of audit, the kind that college students do when they sit in on a class without taking exams or receiving an official grade.

Examples of auditor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The share of white landlords is even higher in Seattle, per the city auditor. Time, "Millions of Tenants Behind on Rent, Small Landlords Struggling, Eviction Moratoriums Expiring Soon: Inside the Next Housing Crisis," 18 Feb. 2021 Steinberg, who worked most of his career as an auditor for the state, bought a two-family house in Hyde Park for $14,900 in 1950. Steve Maas,, "Their friendship began 95 years ago, and it’s still going strong," 21 Jan. 2021 In 2002, Levin joined Sony Corporation of America as a staff auditor in the company’s corporate audit department. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: Radio Icon to Work Weekends for Reach Media, Glassnote Names Marketing Head," 8 Jan. 2021 Thomas’s father, David Lloyd Thomas Sr., was an Iowa native who frequently traveled to Argentina as an auditor for General Electric. Washington Post, "From an Instagram joke to an Alec Baldwin rant: The Hilaria Baldwin accent controversy, explained," 28 Dec. 2020 The five commissioners voted unanimously to terminate Stebbins, who had worked as an auditor and budget analyst for different state agencies for more than 30 years. Scott Morris, ProPublica, "She Noticed $200 Million Missing, Then She Was Fired," 24 Dec. 2020 The city auditor also would have the power to issue subpoenas compelling city officials, employees and people receiving city funds to produce documents after Question J was expected to pass Tuesday night. Ben Leonard,, "Baltimore City amendments that would curb mayor’s power expected to pass," 3 Nov. 2020 PwC was replaced as auditor by Mazars, which holds the same role at Steinhoff. Loni Prinsloo,, "PwC Hit by $40 Million Lawsuit From Botswana Supermarket Chain," 13 Oct. 2020 As state auditor, DePasquale concluded that a coronavirus business waiver program under Gov. Tom Wolf, a fellow Democrat, was inconsistent and confusing for business owners in the state. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Scott Perry in dead heat with Democratic challenger in competitive Pennsylvania race," 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of auditor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for auditor

Middle English auditour "hearer, listener, official who examines and verifies accounts," borrowed from Anglo-French auditur, auditour, borrowed from Medieval Latin audītor "hearer, hearer of pleas (in court or Parliament), official who examines accounts," going back to Latin, "hearer, listener, disciple," from audīre "to hear" + -tor, agent suffix — more at audible entry 1

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The first known use of auditor was in the 14th century

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26 Feb 2021

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“Auditor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of auditor

: a person who checks the financial records of a company or person to make sure they are accurate : a person who audits accounts


au·​di·​tor | \ ˈȯ-də-tər How to pronounce auditor (audio) \

Kids Definition of auditor

: a person who checks the accuracy of business accounts


au·​di·​tor | \ ˈȯ-də-tər How to pronounce auditor (audio) \

Legal Definition of auditor

1 : a person qualified and authorized to examine and verify financial records
2 : a referee appointed by a court in a civil action especially : one designated to prepare an account for the court — see also master

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