in·​spect | \ in-ˈspekt How to pronounce inspect (audio) \
inspected; inspecting; inspects

Definition of inspect

transitive verb

1 : to view closely in critical appraisal : look over
2 : to examine officially inspects the barracks every Friday

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Other Words from inspect

inspective \ in-​ˈspek-​tiv How to pronounce inspective (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for inspect

scrutinize, scan, inspect, examine mean to look at or over. scrutinize stresses close attention to minute detail. scrutinized the hospital bill scan implies a surveying from point to point often suggesting a cursory overall observation. scanned the wine list inspect implies scrutinizing for errors or defects. inspected my credentials examine suggests a scrutiny in order to determine the nature, condition, or quality of a thing. examined the specimens

Examples of inspect in a Sentence

She had the car inspected by a mechanic before she bought it. The candles are inspected for damage before being packaged. After the storm, we went outside to inspect the damage. He inspected the soldiers' barracks. inspecting a restaurant for health code violations
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Recent Examples on the Web The 31 cases, represented by a master complaint, say Oakland’s fire and building departments would have discovered the safety hazards in the near-10,000 square foot building, but failed to inspect it. NBC News, "'Ghost Ship' warehouse fire trial verdict: One man acquitted of manslaughter, hung jury for second man," 5 Sep. 2019 The county oversaw the project and subcontracted AE Engineering to inspect it. Brooke Baitinger,, "The Camino Real bridge project cost millions and took months to repair. It still doesn’t work properly.," 30 Aug. 2019 Human rights activists recently asked the judge in Los Angeles who oversees enforcement of the Flores accord for an emergency order to inspect the Texas facilities and to allow independent health care specialists to examine the children held there. Fortune, "Court Dismisses Trump Admin’s Argument That Detained Child Migrants Don’t Require Personal Hygiene Items," 15 Aug. 2019 The agency recommends avoiding tick exposure by using insect repellents and carefully inspecting yourself and your pets after time outdoors. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Maine reports its first case of the rare tick-borne disease Powassan since 2017," 25 July 2019 CBS Philly reported agents boarded the vessel, found the container in question, inspected it and removed it from the vessel. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Over $1 billion worth of cocaine seized in historic drug bust in Philadelphia," 18 June 2019 Kennedy and O’Rourke spoke to officials who were staffing the tent city facility in Tornillo but were denied entry to inspect it. Liz Goodwin,, "Joe Kennedy protests Trump’s family-separation policy near ‘tent city’ for children," 18 June 2018 Hayes had gone to the house, which was in desperate need of a fixing up, to inspect it. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "White Woman Called the Cops on Black Real Estate Agent Inspecting Next-Door House," 15 May 2018 Ingredients are inspected and tested for freshness, purity, cleanliness and flavor. Pratik Joshi, The Denver Post, "Long before ‘natural’ was cool, Celestial Seasonings saw the future in tea leaves," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of inspect

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for inspect

Latin inspectus, past participle of inspicere, from in- + specere to look — more at spy

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2 Nov 2019

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The first known use of inspect was circa 1623

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How to pronounce inspect (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of inspect

: to look at (something) carefully in order to learn more about it, to find problems, etc.
: to officially visit a school, hospital, etc., in order to see if rules are being followed and things are in their proper condition


in·​spect | \ in-ˈspekt How to pronounce inspect (audio) \
inspected; inspecting

Kids Definition of inspect

1 : to examine closely Doctors inspected the injury.
2 : to view and examine in an official way The president inspected the troops.

Other Words from inspect

inspector \ ˌin-​ˈspek-​tər \ noun

Legal Definition of inspect

1 : to view closely and critically
2 : to examine officially inspect the facility for code violations

intransitive verb

: to make an inspection

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