in·​spect | \ in-ˈspekt How to pronounce inspect (audio) \
inspected; inspecting; inspects

Definition of inspect

transitive verb

1 : to view closely in critical appraisal : look over
2 : to examine officially inspects the barracks every Friday

Other Words from inspect

inspective \ in-​ˈspek-​tiv How to pronounce inspect (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Dealers will inspect the module and repair or replace it if needed. CBS News, 1 Apr. 2022 In addition, Hyundai dealers will inspect the control modules and replace them if needed. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Feb. 2022 In addition, Hyundai dealers will inspect the control modules and replace them if needed. Tom Krisher, Detroit Free Press, 9 Feb. 2022 In addition, Hyundai dealers will inspect the control modules and replace them if needed. Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, 9 Feb. 2022 After the spill, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a national state of emergency and the country’s Prosecutor General ordered regional prosecutors to inspect all hazardous facilities built on permafrost. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2021 Valentino-Smith said lawmakers removed a requirement to inspect facilities one month after they are purchased by out-of-state companies after consultation with the Health Facilities Association of Maryland. Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2021 The official also confirmed that the commission is looking at legal ways to inspect AstraZeneca facilities in Belgium to better understand the production shortages. Raf Casert, Star Tribune, 27 Jan. 2021 To that end, the Biden administration has proposed a 13 percent increase to the bureau’s budget, to pay for 140 new agents and 160 new investigators to inspect gun dealers. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inspect

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for inspect

Latin inspectus, past participle of inspicere, from in- + specere to look — more at spy

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in·​spect | \ in-ˈspekt How to pronounce inspect (audio) \
inspected; inspecting

Kids Definition of inspect

1 : to examine closely Doctors inspected the injury.
2 : to view and examine in an official way The president inspected the troops.

Other Words from inspect

inspector \ ˌin-​ˈspek-​tər \ noun


transitive verb

Legal Definition of inspect

1 : to view closely and critically
2 : to examine officially inspect the facility for code violations

intransitive verb

: to make an inspection

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