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 inspector (audio) \ noun

Examples of inspector in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another inspector, Morzina Akhter, said the suspects opened fire at police, sparking the gunfight that led to their deaths. Washington Post, "4 Rohingya men killed in gunfight with Bangladesh police," 27 June 2020 Agency officials later changed the tone of communications and are now simply thanking inspectors for doing their job, instead of citing concerns about food shortages, which the USDA inspector said was appreciated. Kyle Bagenstose, USA TODAY, "As leaders warned of US meat shortages, overseas exports of pork and beef continued," 16 June 2020 There is no doubt that Russiagate involves serious official misconduct — as attested by multiple DOJ inspector-general investigations and, so far, the guilty plea of an FBI lawyer who falsified an investigative document. The Editors, National Review, "Well Done, Mr. Attorney General," 15 Dec. 2020 She was relieved when a health inspector came out earlier in the pandemic to watch the setup at L&E Oyster bar, measure the distance between tables and ensure the staff was following precautions to the letter. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "As Los Angeles County's hospitalizations nearly double in 2 weeks, restaurants get creative to survive new restrictions," 26 Nov. 2020 The site first appeared a week ago and again on Friday, but it was taken down before a health inspector arrived. Zach Murdock,, "Bridgeport investigating unlicensed, illegal COVID-19 testing site outside supermarket," 20 Nov. 2020 But a health inspector sent Armstead a cease-and-desist letter in September, saying the pop-ups weren’t permitted to operate in that specific kitchen. Janelle Bitker,, "The future of Bay Area restaurant industry might be food hubs, a worker-driven twist on food halls," 4 Nov. 2020 The family moved to Greenock, Scotland, where a neighbor (a mountain-loving tax inspector) would take young Hamish on his motorbike on climbing excursions. Phil Davison, Washington Post, "Hamish MacInnes, influential mountain climber, dies at 90," 8 Dec. 2020 On Sunday, protesters gathered outside the home of the individual Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Administration inspector who played a role in the $90,000 fine. oregonlive, "Protesters target home of Oregon OSHA inspector who fined gym that defied closure order," 30 Nov. 2020

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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 2021

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“Inspector.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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