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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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Examples from the web for inspect
  • Many studies show that users don't check for a lock, let alone inspect the details of a certificate.
  • Now is the time to inspect and clean your air-conditioner and get it ready for the hot and humid days ahead.
  • When you buy a house, usually you have a third party inspect it.
  • According to these observers, the distribution is fair and they can inspect what they want.
  • Agents who inspect this tunnel must be cautious as they may suddenly encounter armed smugglers.
  • Curious sea creatures frequently came to inspect the network's installation work.
  • If the buyer waived her right to inspect the house, then this is her problem, not yours.
  • inspect more closely, though, and two surprises emerge.
  • inspect the wood for warping, rotting, and insect or water damage.
  • For instance, robots may someday do chores around the house or inspect electrical equipment on airplanes.
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.

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