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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.
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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  • So when new planters arrived, they had to be thoroughly chicken-inspected.
  • When oceanographers inspected the nearby seafloor, they found evidence of a landslide that could have enlarged the tsunami.
  • The moms had to remember which boxes they had already inspected so as to avoid checking any given box twice.
  • They must be individually inspected and hand-picked.
  • Aluminum cans are inspected for dirt and separated from other food or beverage containers.
  • The sarcophagus was carefully unpackaged and further inspected.
  • Visitors are not allowed on cruise ships and hulls are inspected more regularly.
  • They did note that some flood barriers and penetrations at the plant were not being routinely inspected.
  • Zoos are usually regulated and inspected by the government.
  • Furnaces should be inspected yearly, especially older ones.
British Dictionary definitions for inspected


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 inspected



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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