spot-checked; spot-checking; spot-checks

transitive verb

: to sample or investigate quickly or at random

intransitive verb

: to make a spot check

Examples of spot-check in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Finally, a full-time, permanent staff member is responsible for spot-checking ballots in every ward of the initial batch to ensure everything within the absentee packet is complete and accurate, Woodall said. Journal Sentinel, 21 Mar. 2024 Unlike the initial phase of RPM, which primarily utilized simple spot-check instruments, acute RPM relies on continuous monitoring through sensors that provide a more intricate and detailed picture of a patient's health. Jiang Li, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 At some police departments, including Philadelphia’s, policy expressly bars disciplining officers based on spot-check reviews of video. Umar Farooq, ProPublica, 2 Feb. 2024 While the extruder machine spits out roasts, workers spot-check uncooked roasts to make sure the ratio of masa to stuffing is correct. Lee Powell, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 The company also had a policy of spot-checking logs and in-dash camera footage on a random basis. IEEE Spectrum, 7 Nov. 2019 But no data-sharing program was implemented, even one limited to spot-checking the pilots’ claims. Lisa Rein and Craig Whitlock, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Aug. 2023 One tech startup founder, who declined to be named due to political sensitivities, said the government will even do spot-checks on how AI services are labeling data. Time, 15 Aug. 2023 The spot-check inspections will likely require the city to keep charging a fee of roughly $100, Bezak said. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of spot-check was in 1920

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Cite this Entry

“Spot-check.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to make a spot check
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