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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Bridge inspectors based in Alaska’s capital, Juneau, packed and got on a plane that night. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "How Alaska fixed its earthquake-shattered roads in just days," 8 Dec. 2018 There were her many seasons as the tough-as-nails detective chief inspector on Prime Suspect, way before A-list actors doing television was supercool. Marshall Heyman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Helen Mirren Talks Her New 'The Nutcracker' Movie and Playing a “Cooler” Villain," 25 Oct. 2018 An extraordinary, lengthy piece on NBC Nightly News, which showed what the firing of HUD inspectors has meant. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: NBC journalists Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Hallie Jackson on Recode Decode," 5 Dec. 2018 On Tuesday, a team of environmental inspectors went to one of the seven schools, Nebinger, in South Philadelphia. Wendy Ruderman,, "After hazards were exposed, Philadelphia school district launches massive summer cleanup," 21 June 2018 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

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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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