in·spect | \ in-ˈspekt \
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

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Other words from inspect

inspective \in-ˈspek-tiv \ 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
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Later in the second half, Ronaldo found himself being inspected by the cameras once again. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Portugal, Spain Survive Late-Game Chaos to Advance," 25 June 2018 Once the electricity goes out, SDG&E won’t restart a power line until it has been visually inspected by the utility’s employees. David R. Baker,, "For PG&E, cutting power could prevent fires and save lives — and costs," 23 June 2018 Oak Park Public Works Director John Wielebnicki said the bridges are Union Pacific property, and they are routinely inspected by the railroad. Steve Schering,, "'It's a giant safety problem': Ridgeland Avenue bridge hit three times in a week in Oak Park," 22 May 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Following the incident, Rabb surrendered the party bus to the highway patrol so it could be inspected police said. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "Party bus had unmarked emergency exits, leaky engine when UNCC student fell, report finds | Charlotte Observer," 9 May 2018 Cedar Point spokesman Tony Clark said in an email that the ride will operate normally on Sunday after it was inspected. Adam Ferrise,, "Cedar Point's Steel Vengeance will re-open after accident on opening day," 5 May 2018 They should be inspected and cleaned at least once a year, and if the transition duct is plastic or vinyl, replace it with a semi-rigid aluminum duct to reduce the risk of fire. Melissa Rolland,, "Chores To Keep Your House In Check," 24 Apr. 2018 The ship will head to its final destination, the Port of Changzhou in China, after it's inspected in Seattle. The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Lottery results: Winning numbers drawn for Mega Millions, Lucky Lines, Pick 4," 23 Feb. 2018 They are currently being inspected and secured for clearing. Erin Edgemon,, "Former subdivision near Birmingham airport to be razed for new facility," 22 Feb. 2018

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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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The first known use of inspect was circa 1623

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English Language Learners 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


in·spect | \ in-ˈspekt \
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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