Definition of inspector in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈspɛktə/


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 chief inspector: [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: /ɪnspɛkˈtɔːrɪəl/
Example sentences
  • 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.’


Pronunciation: /ɪnˈspɛktəʃɪp/
Example sentences
  • 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’.

Words that rhyme with inspector

bisector, collector, connector, convector, corrector, defector, deflector, detector, director, ejector, elector, erector, hector, injector, nectar, objector, perfecter, projector, prospector, protector, rector, reflector, rejector, respecter, sector, selector, Spector, spectre (US specter), vector

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