Definition of audit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôdət/


1An official inspection of an individual’s or organization’s accounts, typically by an independent body.
Example sentences
  • We have an independent audit and accountants say the Duchy is being run according to all modern accounting practices.
  • The member states were persuaded that an independent audit body was warranted, given the emergence of an EU budget with supranational characteristics.
  • Like many other professions involving large volumes of cash transactions, vets also come under the scrutiny of tax officials in audits.
1.1A systematic review or assessment of something: a complete audit of flora and fauna at the site
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  • Start by completing an audit of the existing lighting systems, assessing both the condition and the performance of all components in the system.
  • The situation will then be reviewed after a safety audit.
  • The last chapter is on clinical audit and learning from systematic case reviews assessed against explicit criteria.
inspection, examination, verification, scrutiny, probe, investigation, assessment, appraisal, evaluation, review, analysis
informal going-over, once-over

verb (audits, auditing, audited)

[with object]
1Conduct an official financial examination of (an individual’s or organization’s accounts): companies must have their accounts audited
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  • It is illegal for a director to audit his own company's accounts.
  • However, when accounting firms audit businesses that they also serve as consultants, they lose their independence.
  • Any severe, firmwide sanction, such as a one-year ban on auditing public companies, could put an accounting firm out of business.
inspect, examine, survey, go through, scrutinize, check, probe, vet, investigate, inquire into, assess, verify, appraise, evaluate, review, analyze, study
informal give something a/the once-over, give something a going-over
1.1Conduct a systematic review of: auditing obstetrical and neonatal care
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  • Management plans are valid for fifteen years though they are reviewed and audited every five years.
  • We've had international institutions audit our systems.
  • She is a security expert who audits computer systems and networks for security vulnerabilities.
2North American Attend (a class) informally, not for academic credit.
Example sentences
  • You may be able to audit classes, attend without receiving any academic credit.
  • While auditing a class taught by Robert Lowell at Boston University, Sylvia met another poet hell-bent on suicide, Anne Sexton.
  • Then for my final grade, the university said I was auditing the class, even though I got an A.


Late Middle English: from Latin auditus 'hearing', from audire 'hear', in medieval Latin auditus (compoti) 'audit (of an account)', an audit originally being presented orally.

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Syllabification: au·dit

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