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  1. an official examination and verification of accounts and records, especially of financial accounts.

  2. a report or statement reflecting an audit; a final statement of account.

  1. the inspection or examination of a building or other facility to evaluate or improve its appropriateness, safety, efficiency, or the like: An energy audit can suggest ways to reduce home fuel bills.

  2. Archaic. a judicial hearing.

  3. Obsolete. an audience.

verb (used with object)
  1. to make an audit of; examine (accounts, records, etc.) for purposes of verification: The accountants audited the company's books at the end of the fiscal year.

  2. to attend (classes, lectures, etc.) as an auditor.

  1. to make an audit of (a building or other facility) to evaluate or improve its safety, efficiency, or the like.

verb (used without object)
  1. to examine and verify an account or accounts by reference to vouchers.

Origin of audit

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English audite, from Latin audītus “the sense or act of hearing,” noun derivative of audīre “to hear”

Other words from audit

  • au·dit·a·ble, adjective
  • re·au·dit, noun, verb
  • un·au·dit·ed, adjective
  • well-au·dit·ed, adjective

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How to use audit in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for audit


/ (ˈɔːdɪt) /

    • an inspection, correction, and verification of business accounts, conducted by an independent qualified accountant

    • (as modifier): audit report

  1. US an audited account

  1. any thoroughgoing check or examination

  2. archaic a hearing

  1. to inspect, correct, and certify (accounts, etc)

  2. US and Canadian to attend (classes, etc) as an auditor

Origin of audit

C15: from Latin audītus a hearing, from audīre to hear

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Cultural definitions for audit


The examination by an outside party of the accounts of an individual or corporation.

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