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

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

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The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered 3,000 inspectors and other employees in safety-critical jobs to return to work, albeit without pay. Alison Sider, WSJ, "TSA Absences Rise to New Peak Amid Shutdown," 20 Jan. 2019 The fire was blamed for the deaths of eight people, including four civilians, a Redding fire inspector and a bulldozer operator, the Bee reported. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Carr Fire in Northern California now fully contained, fire officials say," 31 Aug. 2018 Deputies in Florida are looking for two people accused of posing as inspectors and attacking an elderly couple earlier this week, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said. Megan Cruz, ajc, "Duo pretending to be inspectors rob, attack elderly Florida couple, deputies say," 9 July 2018 Get our daily newsletter As well as allowing outsiders like Mr Clements to be appointed as inspectors and superintendents, Mrs May set up a College of Policing to raise standards. The Economist, "How the career of the British bobby is changing," 24 May 2018 The inspectors said that could allow those doctors or providers to defraud other Medicaid insurers or other government programs in the same state. Chad Terhune, Washington Post, "Insurers Fall Short In Catching And Reporting Medicaid Fraud, Inspectors Find," 12 July 2018 That could have helped buy time for the nuclear accord, which international inspectors say Iran continues to abide by., "U.S. Says It Can Work Within Nuclear Deal to Change Iran," 16 Mar. 2018 Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz has terminated Cooke Aquaculture’s lease to operate Atlantic salmon farms at its Cypress Island site, where a second fish farm is at risk of catastrophic collapse, state inspectors say. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Washington state cancels lease for Atlantic salmon farm off Cypress Island," 4 Feb. 2018 After installation is complete, a field inspector will need to come out to review the work. Veronica Craker, idahostatesman, "Shining a light on solar energy as summer nears," 2 June 2018

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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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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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