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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Skip and Felicia Rankin, who live outside Nevada City on 5 acres in the Tahoe National Forest, got a letter similar to Menzies’ from The Hartford dated June 3, after an inspector had visited their home about a month earlier. Kathleen Pender,, "To keep insurance, some homeowners now have to do costly wildfire mitigation," 10 Aug. 2019 Irena worked as an inspector in the quality control department at Electro-Flex Heat in Bloomfield for 25 years until her retirement in 2008., "Irena Z. Zadrozny," 8 Aug. 2019 The plaintiffs also blamed S.J. Louis for proceeding with the construction project and SAWS for allowing the work to be done despite warnings raised by an inspector. Josh Baugh,, "San Antonio Water System board approves Quintana Road sinkhole settlement; victims set to receive multimillion-dollar payout," 6 Aug. 2019 But its inspectors are frequently derisive of more serious complaints, dismissing medical and safety concerns. Los Angeles Times, "Private inspectors paint a rosy picture of U.S. immigrant detention centers. Audits find otherwise," 26 July 2019 The International Atomic Energy Agency announced Monday that its inspectors have verified that Iran is enriching uranium above 3.67 percent uranium-235. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "Iran surpasses uranium enrichment limit in its first major breach of nuclear deal," 9 July 2019 The Office of the Inspector General has opened the investigation into Crescenzo A. Gizzi, an inspector in the Public Works Department’s wastewater section, said City Councilman Zeke Cohen. Colin Campbell,, "Baltimore investigating racist and anti-Semitic tweets allegedly posted by Public Works employee," 9 July 2019 If a spot was particularly problematic and an inspector wasn't looking, a cutting torch might have been used here and there to help the holes line up., "Who named the Dolly Parton Bridge?," 30 June 2019 On May 30, an inspector found cockroaches in a condenser unit, at the bar salsa side station, and on a back wall behind a cooler. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "A Jose Pepper’s in JoCo was temporarily shut down for health code violations," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of inspector

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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