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

Examples of inspector in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cease use notice issued by fire inspectors requires the church to submit plans and permits with the city’s Division of Building and Housing for a change of use of the building to allow for transient lodging. Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland, "Denison UCC gets a winter reprieve to shelter homeless in Cleveland," 5 Feb. 2020 Visual inspection is the primary method used by inspectors during routine inspections., "Wayne County has struggled to inspect its bridges, state also under scrutiny," 31 Jan. 2020 Boston firefighters successfully doused the fire and MassDOT sent inspectors to conduct a safety inspection afterwards, State Police tweeted., "A key exit ramp in the Prudential Tunnel on the Massachusetts Turnpike is open Wednesday morning after a trash fire forced it to be closed Tuesday night.," 27 Nov. 2019 State agencies generally don’t send inspectors to monitor corrosion, look for leaks and measure emissions. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Thirty months after fatal Firestone blast, Colorado’s widening web of underground pipelines still not fully mapped," 27 Oct. 2019 There was a feeding frenzy going on at Penn Dutch Meat & Seafood in Margate one day after it was closed following the discovery of listeria by state inspectors. Doreen Christensen,, "Penn Dutch shoppers flock to store’s final sale despite listeria worries," 18 Sep. 2019 Subsequent visits by state inspectors on Jan. 17 and March 5 found the hospital still was not complying with certain provisions of EMTALA. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Series of inspections finds ongoing problems at Behavioral Health Division's hospital in Wauwatosa," 11 Sep. 2019 Turns out there were two site visits by inspectors in July, Curbed LA reported. Los Angeles Times, "Kanye West’s ‘Star Wars’ domes for homeless hit a snag in Calabasas," 9 Aug. 2019 Under the nuclear deal, the cap for enrichment was set at 3.67%, a percentage closely monitored by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog. CBS News, "Iran ignores Trump's warning, breaks another nuclear deal limit on uranium enrichment," 8 July 2019

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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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25 Mar 2020

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“Inspector.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 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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