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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Other Words from inspector

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

Examples of inspector in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Iran deal was finalized in 2015, lifting a raft of sanctions after Tehran agreed to restrict sensitive nuclear activities and allow in inspectors. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump faces uphill battle on Iran deal after losing Boris Johnson," 10 Jan. 2020 Each week, Houston health inspectors distribute violations that carry a weight between 1 and 25, increasing in severity. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Brown slime highlights Houston restaurant violations (Dec. 30 - Jan. 5)," 9 Jan. 2020 Officials at the San Antonio research facility reported four serious incidents involving animal enclosures to federal inspectors during an annual review of Texas Biomed’s Southwest National Primate Research Center on Dec. 17. Laura Garcia,, "Report: 2 monkeys died, 2 injured at Texas Biomed in 2019," 8 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency assured followers on Twitter that despite Iran's threat to ignore JCPOA limits, international nuclear inspectors remain at work in the country. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump's threat to Iranian culture rekindles the 'madman' theory of international relations," 7 Jan. 2020 The Defence Department’s inspector-general will audit a $400m construction contract given to a North Dakota firm whose boss has repeatedly sung Mr Trump’s praises. The Economist, "Donald Trump’s wall will irrevocably change America’s south-western border," 18 Dec. 2019 Weeks earlier, the safety bar had been identified as broken, a supervisor told inspectors from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. Maria Perez,, "American farms recruit Mexican veterinarians for jobs as animal scientists — but the real work is milking cows and cleaning pens for low pay," 4 Dec. 2019 That didn’t happen, because two municipal inspectors appeared at the site one day and shut it down, citing unauthorized use of city property. Calvin Tomkins, The New Yorker, "David Hammons Follows His Own Rules," 2 Dec. 2019 When inspectors believe an imminent threat exists, the city can use emergency condemnation. Hallie Miller,, "City razes Baltimore home with 6 days’ notice. ‘She would be left with nothing if we didn’t open our mouths.’," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of inspector

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Inspector.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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