an official examination and verification of accounts and records, especially of financial accounts.
a report or statement reflecting an audit; a final statement of account.
the inspection or examination of a building or other facility to evaluate or improve its appropriateness, safety, efficiency, or the like: An energy audit can suggest ways to reduce home fuel bills.
Archaic. a judicial hearing.
Obsolete. an audience.
verb (used with object)
to make an audit of; examine (accounts, records, etc.) for purposes of verification: The accountants audited the company's books at the end of the fiscal year.
to attend (classes, lectures, etc.) as an auditor.
to make an audit of (a building or other facility) to evaluate or improve its safety, efficiency, or the like.
verb (used without object)
to examine and verify an account or accounts by reference to vouchers.

1400–50; late Middle English audite < Latin audītus the sense or act of hearing, equivalent to audī(re) to hear + -tus suffix of v. action

auditable, adjective
reaudit, noun, verb
unaudited, adjective
well-audited, adjective
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audit (ˈɔːdɪt)
1.  a.  an inspection, correction, and verification of business accounts, conducted by an independent qualified accountant
 b.  (as modifier): audit report
2.  (US) an audited account
3.  any thoroughgoing check or examination
4.  archaic a hearing
5.  to inspect, correct, and certify (accounts, etc)
6.  (US), (Canadian) to attend (classes, etc) as an auditor
[C15: from Latin audītus a hearing, from audīre to hear]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from L. auditus "a hearing," pp. of audire "hear" (see audience). Official examination of accounts, which originally was an oral procedure. The verb is attested from 1550s.
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audit definition

The examination by an outside party of the accounts of an individual or corporation.

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