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[in-spekt] /ɪnˈspɛkt/
verb (used with object)
to look carefully at or over; view closely and critically:
to inspect every part of the motor.
to view or examine formally or officially:
The general inspected the troops.
Origin of inspect
1615-25; < Latin inspectus, past participle of inspicere to look into, inspect. See in-2, species
Related forms
inspectable, adjective
inspectability, noun
inspectingly, adverb
preinspect, verb (used with object)
quasi-inspected, adjective
reinspect, verb (used with object)
self-inspected, adjective
uninspected, adjective
well-inspected, adjective
1. examine, scrutinize, investigate, study. Unabridged
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  • The people came out to inspect us, and we asked them for the tigers.

    Oriental Encounters Marmaduke Pickthall
  • After that she must pin it on, and slip in to stand before his mirror and inspect the result.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Near morning an officer of volunteers came to inspect the barricade defences.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • You can inspect them when you like, Arthur; now, if you please.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • If he took down the saw and the ax from their hooks to inspect them, he put them back again where he had found them.

British Dictionary definitions for inspect


verb (transitive)
to examine closely, esp for faults or errors
to scrutinize officially (a document, military personnel on ceremonial parade, etc)
Derived Forms
inspectable, adjective
inspectingly, adverb
inspection, noun
inspectional, adjective
inspective, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin inspicere, from specere to look
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Word Origin and History for inspect

1620s, from Latin inspectus, past participle of inspicere "to look into" (see inspection). Related: Inspected; inspecting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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