- to look carefully at or over; view closely and critically: to inspect every part of the motor.
- to view or examine formally or officially: The general inspected the troops.
Origin of inspect
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Examples from the Web for inspect
Blaine stresses that he was not called to inspect the rail site.Oil Tankers Leaking into Seattle’s Water
October 13, 2014
The remains will go next to the University of Wisconsin for an anthropologist and odontologist to inspect.The WWII Hero America Abandoned
Megan McCloskey, ProPublica
March 21, 2014
As the police officer bends down to inspect the body, a mouse "blows out" of its chest.Death in the Heartland: What Happened to Steven Haataja?
March 16, 2014
They claim FDA did not have proper resources to inspect imported catfish.Up to a Point: P.J. O’Rourke on Valentine’s Day and Oral Hygiene
P. J. O’Rourke
February 14, 2014
Take time to read the small print on the packages you inspect at the market.How to Watch Out for Hidden Sugar and Replace With Leaner Substitutes
Diana Le Dean
February 23, 2013
After that she must pin it on, and slip in to stand before his mirror and inspect the result.
Christine and Palmer Howe came in to see her, and to inspect the balcony, now finished.
He thanked her with unnecessary effusion and turned to inspect the glassware.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
You can inspect them when you like, Arthur; now, if you please.'Little Dorrit
I told them that the Admiral was going out with us to inspect the lock.City of Endless Night
- to examine closely, esp for faults or errors
- to scrutinize officially (a document, military personnel on ceremonial parade, etc)
Word Origin and History for inspect
1620s, from Latin inspectus, past participle of inspicere "to look into" (see inspection). Related: Inspected; inspecting.