Definition of inspector in English:


Syllabification: in·spec·tor
Pronunciation: /inˈspektər


  • 1An official employed to ensure that official regulations are obeyed, especially in public services: a prison inspector
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    • The school is also regularly monitored by inspectors from the watchdog group to ensure standards are being improved and maintained.
    • Government inspectors have praised hospital services in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale in a new report.
    • Canada would monitor their interaction to ensure the inspectors don't go off task.
  • 1.1British An official who examines bus or train tickets to check that they are valid.
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    • And it is interesting how ticket inspectors and train announcers all suddenly vanish when there is a delay.
    • Perhaps I could buy a ticket off the ticket inspector on the train I told myself.
    • He was charged with carrying an offensive weapon, following a threat to a ticket inspector who wanted to check his ticket for a second time.
  • 2A police officer ranking below a superintendent or police chief: [as title]: Inspector Simmons
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    • Mrs King is being supported by her husband Simon, a police inspector with Wiltshire Constabulary, who is also a seasoned runner.
    • Back in the police station, the inspector slapped Baig many times and pushed him around.
    • The inspector at Melksham police station is to move on after nearly two years in the role.



Pronunciation: /ˌinspekˈtôrēəl/
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  • Can you see a parallel between your interest in inquiries of this kind and Matthew Arnold's turn towards writing criticism and carrying out his inspectorial duties - because he felt that his lyric gift had deserted him?
  • This could be achieved by a straightforwardly inspectorial approach, based upon random surprise visitations.
  • Organisations in the NHS often complain of ‘inspectorial overload.’


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  • The worth to cities of port privileges, tariff protections, urban inspectorships, and related controls, however, should not be dismissed out of hand.
  • Whereas the Exhibition may not have been a success for South Australia, it most certainly was for Rosewarne ‘who found it a stepping stone to a billet worth more than double his late inspectorship’.

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