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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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  • She spent the first few days going around, inspecting every corner of the place.
  • It shows the gorillas curiously inspecting a tourist sitting in some greenery.
  • But humans are not alone in the venture of inspecting urine to learn more about themselves or others.
  • The noise you hear is one of the tigers off-camera inspecting the apparatus.
  • The authorities had screened the families carefully, inspecting their apartments and checking for good credit histories.
  • He had opened a tackle box and sat with an air of concentration, inspecting its contents.
  • By inspecting a finished index of many such articles, an expert can quickly tell which items will interest him.
  • The desire to find hidden hazards runs up against the practical difficulties of inspecting cargo.
  • The detectives proceeded into the home, inspecting each room along the way.
  • While she was inspecting the compartments in my billfold, her cell phone rang.
British Dictionary definitions for inspecting


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 inspecting



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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