verb Etymology: Latin inspectus, past participle of inspicere, from in- + specere to look — more at spy Date: circa 1623 transitive verb 1. to view closely in critical appraisal ; look over 2. to examine officially <
inspects the barracks every Friday
intransitive verb to make an inspection Synonyms: see scrutinizeinspective adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • inspect — in·spect vt 1: to view closely and critically 2: to examine officially inspect the facility for code violations vi: to make an inspection Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • inspect — in‧spect [ɪnˈspekt] verb [transitive] 1. to check something officially to see whether it is of the right standard or quality, or whether it is safe to use: • The engines are all inspected before they leave the factory. 2. to visit a factory or… …   Financial and business terms

  • Inspect — In*spect , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inspected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inspecting}.] [L. inspectus, p. p. of inspicere to inspect; pref. in in + specere to look at, to view: cf. F. inspecter, fr. L. inspectare, freq. fr. inspicere. See {Spy}.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inspect — In*spect , n. [L. inspectus. See {Inspect}, v. t.] Inspection. [Obs.] Thomson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inspect — (v.) 1620s, from L. inspectus, pp. of inspicere to look into (see INSPECTION (Cf. inspection)). Related: Inspected; inspecting …   Etymology dictionary

  • inspect — *scrutinize, examine, scan, audit Analogous words: survey, view, observe, notice (see SEE): probe, penetrate (see ENTER): inquire, interrogate, question, catechize (see ASK) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inspect — [v] examine, check audit, canvass, case, catechize, check out, clock*, eye*, give the once over*, go over, go through, inquire, interrogate, investigate, kick the tires*, look over, notice, observe, oversee, probe, question, review, scan, scope,… …   New thesaurus

  • inspect — ► VERB 1) look at closely. 2) examine officially. DERIVATIVES inspection noun. ORIGIN Latin inspicere look into, examine …   English terms dictionary

  • inspect — [in spekt′] vt. [L inspectare, freq. < inspectus, pp. of inspicere, to look into, examine < in , in, at + specere, to look at: see SPY] 1. to look at carefully; examine critically, esp. in order to detect flaws, errors, etc. 2. to examine… …   English World dictionary

  • inspect */*/ — UK [ɪnˈspekt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms inspect : present tense I/you/we/they inspect he/she/it inspects present participle inspecting past tense inspected past participle inspected 1) a) to look at something carefully in order to check… …   English dictionary

  • inspect — in|spect [ ın spekt ] verb transitive ** to look at something carefully in order to check that it is correct or good enough: EXAMINE: Engineers will inspect the site later today. inspect something closely/carefully/thoroughly: Make sure you… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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