Definition of inspect in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈspekt/


[with object]
1Look at (someone or something) closely, typically to assess their condition or to discover any shortcomings: they were inspecting my outside paintwork for cracks and flaws
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  • I inspected it closely and noticed a couple of things that may have been the cause of the problem.
  • After inspecting it more closely, we were surprised to discover that it was a brass telescope, with all the optics still in place!
  • The Council is to send an expert to inspect the trees to assess their condition.
1.1Examine (someone or something) to ensure that they reach an official standard: customs officers came aboard to inspect our documents
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  • A regulatory organisation of both regional and international credibility, SANAS inspects laboratories to ensure they conform to international standards before they are accredited.
  • Periodically, they are visited by a sinister official who inspects their papers and sometimes buys or confiscates a new fiddle.
  • Three other incoming jets were asked to over-fly the airport while safety officials inspected the runway.
examine, check, scrutinize, investigate, vet, test, monitor, survey, study, look over, peruse, scan, explore, probe;
assess, appraise, review, audit
informal check out, give something a/the once-over


Early 17th century (earlier (late Middle English) as inspection): from Latin inspect- 'looked into, examined', from the verb inspicere (from in- 'in' + specere 'look at'), or from its frequentative, inspectare.

Words that rhyme with inspect

affect, bisect, bull-necked, collect, confect, connect, correct, defect, deflect, deject, detect, direct, effect, eject, elect, erect, expect, infect, inflect, inject, interconnect, interject, intersect, misdirect, neglect, object, perfect, project, prospect, protect, reflect, reject, respect, resurrect, sect, select, subject, suspect, transect, unchecked, Utrecht

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Syllabification: in·spect

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