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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inspectverb

    look over carefully

    "Please inspect your father's will carefully"

  2. visit, inspectverb

    come to see in an official or professional capacity

    "The governor visited the prison"; "The grant administrator visited the laboratory"

  3. audit, scrutinize, scrutinise, inspectverb

    examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification

    "audit accounts and tax returns"


  1. inspectverb

    to examine critically or carefully; especially, to search out problems or determine condition; to scrutinize

    Inspect the system for leaks.

  2. inspectverb

    to view and examine officially

    The general inspected the troops and their barracks.

  3. Etymology: From inspectum, past participle of inspicio, from in + specio

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Inspectverb

    To look into by way of examination.

    Etymology: inspicio, inspectum, Latin.


  1. inspect

    An inspection is, most generally, an organized examination or formal evaluation exercise. In engineering activities inspection involves the measurements, tests, and gauges applied to certain characteristics in regard to an object or activity. The results are usually compared to specified requirements and standards for determining whether the item or activity is in line with these targets, often with a Standard Inspection Procedure in place to ensure consistent checking. Inspections are usually non-destructive. Inspections may be a visual inspection or involve sensing technologies such as ultrasonic testing, accomplished with a direct physical presence or remotely such as a remote visual inspection, and manually or automatically such as an automated optical inspection. Non-contact optical measurement and photogrammetry have become common NDT methods for inspection of manufactured components and design optimisation. A 2007 Scottish Government review of scrutiny of public services (the Crerar Review) defined inspection of public services as "... periodic, targeted scrutiny of specific services, to check whether they are meeting national and local performance standards, legislative and professional requirements, and the needs of service users."A surprise inspection tends to have different results than an announced inspection. Leaders wanting to know how others in their organization perform can drop in without warning, to see directly what happens. If an inspection is made known in advance, it can give people a chance to cover up or to fix mistakes. This could lead to distorted and inaccurate findings. A surprise inspection, therefore, gives inspectors a better picture of the typical state of the inspected object or process than an announced inspection. It also enhances external confidence in the inspection process.: 28 


  1. inspect

    Inspect refers to the action of carefully examining or scrutinizing something in detail, typically to assess its condition, quality, or to detect any faults or abnormalities. It can also refer to an official visit or examination to ensure compliance with set rules, standards, or regulations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inspectverb

    to look upon; to view closely and critically, esp. in order to ascertain quality or condition, to detect errors, etc., to examine; to scrutinize; to investigate; as, to inspect conduct

  2. Inspectverb

    to view and examine officially, as troops, arms, goods offered, work done for the public, etc.; to oversee; to superintend

  3. Inspectverb


  4. Etymology: [L. inspectus. See Inspect, v. t.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inspect

    in-spekt′, v.t. to look into: to examine: to look at narrowly: to superintend.—adv. Inspect′ingly.—n. Inspec′tion, the act of inspecting or looking into: careful or official examination.—adjs. Inspec′tional; Inspec′tive.—ns. Inspec′tor, one who looks into or oversees: an examining officer: a superintendent; Inspec′torāte, a district under charge of an inspector: a body of inspectors collectively.—adj. Inspectō′rial.—ns. Inspec′torship, the office of an inspector; Inspec′tress, a female inspector. [L. inspectāre, freq. of inspicĕre, inspectumin, into, specĕre, to look.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. inspect

    To view and examine officially; as, troops, arms, etc.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'inspect' in Verbs Frequency: #868

Anagrams for inspect »

  1. pectins

  2. incepts

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inspect in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inspect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of inspect in a Sentence

  1. Georgia Tech:

    In the future, farmers could send machines into their fields to inspect the crops, workers on manufacturing floors could direct robots to one side of the warehouse to collect items, then quickly direct them to another area if the need changes.

  2. Ali Mottahari:

    The only work of the Assembly of Experts should not be to elect the Leader, god willing, the leader of the revolution will be alive for many years. But they need to do their own work, to enquire and probe and inspect.

  3. Davidson Lomba:

    We have been complaining about safety problems since production started, but with other production unit accidents, the ANP finally decided to inspect the production units, we finally decided to stop doing any more construction work on the production unit.

  4. Mahmoud El-Halwagi:

    An archaeological committee was assigned to inspect the mask and beard in order to write a detailed report on the mask's condition.

  5. Lucinda Blake:

    I think that teaching should include explaining to patients the importance of replacing inhaler caps, teaching them how to inspect their inhalers thoroughly to ensure that there are no unwanted objects concealed and educating them on the potential damage inhaled objects can cause.

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