in·​spec·​tor | \ in-ˈspek-tər How to pronounce inspector (audio) \

Definition of inspector

1 : a person employed to inspect something
2a : a police officer who is in charge of usually several precincts and ranks below a superintendent or deputy superintendent
b : a person appointed to oversee a polling place

Other Words from inspector

inspectorship \ in-​ˈspek-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce inspector (audio) \ noun

Examples of inspector in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Staff writer Jura Koncius asked experts, including a home inspector and a move-management expert, about which fixes to prioritize. Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2021 Here, the ex-inspector and his sidekick, author Anthony Horowitz, find themselves at a literary festival on a remote island — trapped with a killer., 21 Oct. 2021 Midha notes that a home inspector can often detect potentially hazardous issues such as outdated electrical wiring, deteriorating plumbing materials, or galvanized pipes that may contain traces of lead. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Oct. 2021 The a la carte system of choosing a separate real estate agent, builder, lender, title company, home inspector, insurance provider, home security and solar company may not dominate the market in the future. Sundance Brennan, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 The budget also shows the city adding a Fire Inspector, a field inspector in the Development Services department and administrative secretary in the Human Resources and Risk Management department. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 July 2021 Everyone buying a new home should have a thorough inspection performed by an experienced home inspector. Gary Singer,, 22 Apr. 2021 Needing a license to be a pedicurist, a home inspector, a security-alarm technician, a pipe-fitter and so on is putting entry-level opportunities out of reach. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2021 As an inspector, she has been assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program and overseeing the administration bureau. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of inspector

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inspector was in 1602

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17 Jan 2022

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“Inspector.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of inspector

: a person whose job is to inspect something
: a police officer who is in charge of several police departments



Legal Definition of inspector

1 : a person employed or authorized to inspect something
2 : a police officer in charge of a number of precincts and ranking below a superintendent or deputy superintendent


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