- 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 flawsMore example sentences
- 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 documentsMore example sentences
- 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.
early 17th century: from Latin inspect- 'looked into, examined', from the verb inspicere (from in- 'in' + specere 'look at'), or from its frequentative, inspectare.