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 In 2015, her office filed legislation that would grant such powers to the auditor’s Bureau of Special Investigations. Globe Staff,, 11 May 2022 Only Wellington has a lower tax rate for schools, according to the Lorain County auditor. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 23 Apr. 2022 With no open rooms, shelters across the state have put up families in hotels, which is among the highest drivers of new expense for shelters, along with personal protective equipment, according to a July 2021 state auditor’s report. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, 21 Jan. 2022 The salary recommendation will be formalized with a resolution at a later date, then sent to the state auditor for final approval. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, 22 Sep. 2021 Winemaster was also charged with two counts of making false statements to an auditor and one count of failing to certify financial reports. Robert Channick,, 21 Sep. 2021 Baltimore County Police have unfilled ammo orders that date to last year, according to the county auditor. Taylor Deville,, 20 Sep. 2021 According to an auditor, here is some of how Triggs spent her dead mother's Social Security benefits: $302.95 was deposited into an inmate account at the Michigan Department of Corrections in June 2018. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 10 Aug. 2021 And two are running for state auditor, where three-term incumbent Suzanne Bump is not seeking reelection: state Senator Diana DiZoglio and transportation advocate Chris Dempsey. Matt Stout,, 2 June 2022 See More

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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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“Auditor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for auditor


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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